Sometimes, it can be difficult to determine what constitutes a dental emergency. If you are unsure whether or not you are experiencing a dental emergency, we recommend you contact our office. Our team can work with you to determine if an emergency dental visit is necessary.
Common types of dental emergencies may include a chipped tooth, severe toothache, dental infection, or broken dental restoration. Dr. Gregory Hillyard and Dr. Alexandra Monroe are experienced dentists who treat patients of all ages in their Media, Pennsylvania dental office.
If you are seeking an emergency dentist, call our office today at 610.756.0649. We have convenient office hours and offer a full range of emergency services to meet your unique needs.
Emergency Dental Services
We aim to provide comprehensive, patient-focused dental care for patients of all ages. our team works with you every step of the way to ensure your dentistry needs are met. We make emergency patients a priority, so we can you the treatment you need for the same day.
Our office offers a full range of emergency dental care services. Depending on the type of emergency you’re experiencing, we may recommend one or more of the following treatments:
- Tooth extraction
- Dental crowns
- Tooth bonding
- Dental implants
Emergency Dentistry FAQs
What should I do if my tooth gets knocked out?
In the event that your tooth gets knocked loose or comes completely dislodged, contact our office immediately. You can stop bleeding using a clean damp cloth and applying slight pressure to the gum. Try to locate the tooth. If you find the tooth, or pieces of the tooth, only handle them by the crown or top of the tooth. You can gently rinse the tooth and place it in a glass of your own saliva, or in a glass of milk. You can bring the tooth with you to your emergency dental visit.
Why do I have tooth pain?
Tooth pain could be a result of several dental concerns. If you are experiencing intense or shooting tooth pain, contact our dentist office right away. Most patients with tooth pain have a dental cavity and will require a dental filling or root canal. Pain may also be the result of a broken filling or dental restoration. In rare cases, an abscess may have formed and should be addressed as soon as possible.
What should I do if I broke a dental restoration?
Do not attempt to replace a broken or lost dental restoration on your own. In the event that a dental crown or dental filling breaks or becomes dislodged contact, schedule an appointment to safely and securely restore your dental restoration.
How can I prevent a dental emergency?
Sometimes dental emergencies can be preventable with the right oral health care. For instance, sports mouthguards can prevent chipped, cracked, and broken teeth. We recommend patients schedule a routine dental examination and professional cleaning every six months. Our dentists can catch early signs of tooth decay and gum disease during these regular examinations and dental cleanings.
Should I go to the ER for tooth pain?
There is no concrete answer to this. In some situations, you may need to go to the emergency room, especially if trauma or pain occurs outside regular dental office hours. However, some dental providers offer an after-hours phone line to receive calls and questions about dental emergencies and determine where an individual should go for immediate assistance.
What can immediately alleviate tooth pain if I can’t get to a dentist?
There are a few strategies that can provide temporary relief for tooth pain. Ibuprofen and acetaminophen are two common over-the-counter medications that can help reduce some discomfort associated with toothaches. Applying a cold compress to the affected area may also help soothe any inflammation or swelling in the mouth. However, depending on the situation, you may need to visit a dentist or emergency room as soon as possible as there may be a severe infection or other problem that needs immediate attention.