Emergency Dentist – Springfield, PA
Saving Your Broken & Lost Teeth
The first thing you need to do in a dental emergency is call the American Dental Center immediately. We can make an appointment for you on the same day so that your pain and dental damage can be dealt with quickly. Dr. Hinebaugh has seen many different forms of lost or injured teeth over the years, and he can offer a full menu of services for emergency dentistry in Springfield, PA to restore your smile.
Why Choose American Dental Center for Emergency Dentistry?
- Same-Day Appointments Available
- Modern Dental Office That Uses the Latest Technology
- Highly Experienced, Highly Trained Dentist
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
A dental emergency can happen at any time; it could be the result of a sudden blow to the mouth or biting down on a piece of hard candy, but some issues develop slowly thanks to poor oral hygiene before eventually making themselves known. Once you’ve made your emergency appointment with us, you need to focus on caring for your tooth and controlling your pain so that you can prevent the situation from escalating. Here are a few ways to do just that:
You should try to dislodge any food particles that are causing the discomfort by flossing, but if this doesn’t help, you could have an infection in your tooth that needs to be removed with a root canal. Holding an ice pack over the area for 10 minutes at a time can help reduce swelling before your appointment.
Save the pieces of the tooth if you can and be careful not to swallow them. If you notice any bleeding, apply a piece of gauze over the wound for about 10 minutes; you should call the emergency room if the bleeding doesn’t stop or grows severe. We’ll try and repair your tooth if possible, although an extraction might need to be considered depending on the extent of the damage.
There’s a very small window of time in which we can try to replant a lost tooth, so try to get to our dental office within an hour. Always handle the tooth by picking it up by the crown (the chewing side) and not the pointed root. Try to put it back in its socket or keep it in a glass of milk to preserve it.
The tooth might be sensitive; apply clove oil to lessen the pain. Call us right away, we'll fit you in!
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
- Stick to a rigorous oral hygiene routine of brushing and flossing. Use fluoride toothpaste that provides extra cavity protection, but avoid hard-bristled toothbrushes that can wear away enamel.
- Wear an athletic mouthguard when playing sports. You can also use a nightguard to protect your teeth from grinding and clenching while you sleep.
- Do not use your teeth to crack nuts or open packages.
- Never bite down on peppermints, fingernails, ice, pen tips, or other hard objects.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
Every patient is unique, and each emergency is different. One patient might just need a filling, but another could require an advanced procedure such as root canal therapy. Naturally, the final price for emergency care will be very different in each of these cases. Once we’ve had a chance to check your mouth, we will recommend an appropriate treatment. We’ll also give you an estimate of the cost and help you explore your options for making sure your care is affordable.