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What Should I Do When I Have A Dental Emergency?

If you suffer a dental injury, getting fast, professional treatment is critical for saving your tooth. Dr. Jordan Bower of Fresh Smiles is an expert at emergency dentistry. We offer same-day and after-hours emergency dental appointments to ensure you get the treatment you need.

If you are in a dental emergency, don’t wait. Contact us now at (484) 531-7410 for treatment. But if you’re curious about dental emergencies and want to be prepared for the future, read on.

Mouth pain. Oral injury.

The Most Common Dental Emergencies

There are many different kinds of dental emergencies. Some dental emergencies are caused by impact injuries, such as contact sports, accidents, or even slips and falls.

Common impact injuries include, impacted teeth (teeth pushed into the socket), loose or avulsed (knocked out) teeth, or severe oral bleeding and lacerations to the soft tissue of the mouth.

Damage to dental work also counts as a dental emergency. For example, if a filling or crown gets pulled out, knocked out, or falls out, it would be considered a dental emergency.

In general, you are experiencing a dental emergency if you are experiencing serious oral pain and there is no way for you to treat the problem on your own.

Step 1 – Schedule An Appointment With Dr. Jordan Bower As Soon As Possible

Immediately after you suffer a dental emergency, you should contact Dr. Bower for an emergency appointment. Issues should be addressed within 12 hours, for the best chance of restoring the original tooth, and we offer same-day appointments for emergency dentistry.

If you have experienced an oral injury, don’t wait. Contact Fresh Smiles now.

Step 2 – Mitigate Pain, Bleeding, And Swelling

After you have scheduled your emergency appointment, you can begin addressing issues like pain and bleeding. To treat pain, you can take medications, such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen. These will also help to reduce swelling.

Note that you should not take aspirin after suffering a dental emergency. Aspirin is a blood thinner and can prevent proper clotting.

Bleeding can be mitigated with clean cotton balls, or sterile gauze pads. If bleeding does not slow down after several hours post-injury, you should go to an urgent care center or the emergency room.

Ice is a good way to treat swelling. Cold compresses can be applied externally to the mouth. This will also help numb the area, mitigating pain.

mouth pain. Tooth damage and loss.

Note that these are all temporary solutions designed to help you get to your dental appointment with minimal discomfort. They are not long-term treatments. Those can only be delivered by a dentist like Dr. Jordan Bower.

Step 3 – Get Emergency Dental Care At Fresh Smiles

Once you’ve addressed pain, bleeding, and swelling, you can wait until your emergency appointment with Dr. Bower and the team at Fresh Smiles. We will do everything we can to save your tooth, mitigate pain, and get you back to your normal, day-to-day life as soon as possible.

Have A Dental Emergency? Contact Us Now!

At Fresh Smiles, we provide emergency, same-day dentistry appointments to all of our patients in Plymouth Meeting. So don’t wait. If you need emergency treatment, please contact us right away at (484) 531-7410 or make an appointment online. You can also walk-in to our office at 140 W. Germantown Pike, Suite 150, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462.

Fast treatment is essential to save your tooth. Don’t delay. Call today!


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