Emergency Dentist – Bensalem, PA
When You Need Us Most,
When you have a dental emergency, you should call a dentist immediately – most dentists allocate time to emergencies and will see you immediately. Your trusted emergency dentist in Bensalem, PA and the Perfect Smiles of Bensalem team do their utmost to accommodate urgent dentistry appointments. Whether you have tooth pain because of long-term decay or you’ve suffered from a bad fall or injury, we can help! Simply give us a call and we’ll make sure you have an appointment with us as soon as possible.
Why Choose Perfect Smiles of Bensalem for Emergency Dentistry?
- CEREC Same-Day Crowns for Faster Treatment
- Same-Day Appointments Available
- Multiple Dentists In-Office Ready to Provide Care
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
Regardless of what happens during your dental emergency, we encourage you to call our office right away for two reasons. Not only can we get you scheduled, ideally for the same day, but we can also provide additional tips to improve your condition prior to your arrival at our office for treatment. Before you do, there are a few steps you can take to improve both your comfort and your condition; take a look below to learn more!
Use dental floss to remove any food debris that may be stuck in between your teeth, then take an over-the-counter painkiller if discomfort continues. Avoid taking aspirin as direct contact can cause a burning sensation to your tooth. You can also apply a cold compress to your face to reduce swelling.
It’s most important to be careful while chewing so you can avoid accidentally chipping the tooth further. Additionally, a chipped tooth is not always considered to be a dental emergency, especially if no pain is present. When you arrive, we can smooth the tooth out or place a dental filling with composite resin. Bring any broken pieces of your tooth to your emergency appointment.
To increase the chances your tooth can be saved, rinse your mouth thoroughly with warm water, apply a cold compress to minimize swelling and take acetaminophen (Tylenol) to alleviate pain. Avoid chewing on that side of your mouth and get to our office as soon as possible for a potential crown or filling.
Loose Tooth/Tooth Out of Alignment
Gently try to realign the tooth – your dentist may splint the loose tooth to adjacent teeth to keep it stabilized. If the tooth has been knocked too far out of your socket, we may need to extract it. We will do everything we can to save your natural tooth when possible.
Pick the tooth up by the top portion (the crown) and do not touch the root. Rinse the tooth carefully. If possible, you should place the tooth gently into the socket, otherwise place the tooth in a cup of milk or small container of saltwater. We’ll discuss your options for tooth replacement if needed (including dental implants available in-house.)
If you still have the restoration, gently rinse it with warm water and use either dental cement, denture adhesive, or sugar-free chewing gum to keep it temporarily adhered. This is not considered a permanent solution, but can prevent sensitivity from having the tooth exposed. Do not chew food on that side of your mouth if you do not have the restoration.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
There are many ways to avoid a dental emergency. They include:
- Brushing and flossing daily to reduce plaque buildup.
- Attending routine dental exams and cleanings to catch and remove problems before they become emergencies.
- Wearing a protective mouthguard/nightguard if you play contact sports or grind your teeth at night.
- Never using your teeth as a tool to open bottles or stubborn packages.
- Never chewing on inedible items (i.e. pens, pencils, ice cubes, popcorn kernels and fingernails)
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
Every situation is unique when it comes to dental emergencies, which is why we strongly encourage you to come by for a closer examination if one occurs. While your condition may only require a prescription medication to resolve, it could also require more extensive treatment like a filling, crown or root canal therapy. At the end of the day, we want to make sure you get out of discomfort as soon as possible without future complications. We’ll do everything we can to make your care affordable, file insurance claims for you, and discuss potential financing options.
Emergency Dentistry FAQs
Truth be told, most people don’t have any idea what to do in a dental emergency. When you’re suffering through a situation like this, the last thing you want to deal with is confusion. That’s why we have decided to answer some of our most frequently asked questions about dental emergencies down below for your benefit. If you have an emergency question that we haven’t answered here, feel free to contact us and ask.
My Toothache Suddenly Went Away. Do I Still Need to See a Dentist?
Many people think that occasional tooth pain is normal, but the truth is that it’s never a good sign. More often than not, it’s a sign of an underlying problem within the tooth, such as a cavity, infection, or gum disease. Even if your toothache subsides after a few days, you should still see your emergency dentist in Bensalem right away. We can evaluate your tooth to address the root of the problem and devise a customized treatment plan to stop your pain and get your smile back on the right track.
Should I Go to the Emergency Room?
When you have any kind of health emergency, even a dental one, you might think that the ER is the place to go. However, in the case of dental emergencies, you should only go there as a last resort. While the staff there are medical professionals, they don’t have the specialized training required to treat specific dental problems in the way that your dentists do. The most they can do is prescribe pain medication or antibiotics until you can see the dentist.
Instead, it’s best to always contact your dentist first. If you think your jaw might be broken or dislocated, you have uncontrollable bleeding, or swelling that impacts your ability to breathe, then you should go to the emergency room. For all other oral emergencies, calling your dentist is your best bet.
I Can’t Afford the Dentist. Can I Wait to Go?
No one wants to be saddled with a large dental bill, but when you’re faced with a dental emergency, time is of the essence. If you wait too long, especially in the case of a knocked-out tooth, it could cost you your tooth. In that case, you’d have to get it replaced with a bridge or dental implant, both of which can be costly.
We understand that you’re worried about the cost, which is why our team here at Perfect Smiles of Bensalem will work with you to fil insurance claims and talk about financing options if you don’t have insurance, such as CareCredit. That way we can save your smile without your having to worry about breaking the bank.
How Can I Prepare for a Dental Emergency?
Although you might think that it could never happen to you, dental emergencies are more common than you would think. In fact, about 1 in 6 Americans will be faced with a dental emergency every year. If you find yourself in a situation like this, you don’t want to be caught off guard. By taking a few minutes to create a dental emergency kit, you can make the situation a bit less stressful. Here are some examples of items to include in that kit:
- Our phone number
- Pain medication (not aspirin, as that could make your toothache worse)
- Small container with a lid
- Saline solution