Emergency Dentist Treating Ephrata
Dental emergencies deliver pain, stress, and discomfort. Whether you or your loved one are experiencing dental damage, facial trauma, severe toothache, or other emergencies, it’s essential to keep calm, assess your situation, and contact Ephrata Family Dentistry right away. We are happy to provide same day dental care for emergency patients whenever possible. On the phone, one of our knowledgeable team members will also ask questions to help you determine the urgency of your situation, and we will provide you with first aid and pain management tips until you arrive at our office. Dr. Sean Moriarty and Dr. Suzanne Ahnquist are typically able to treat patients right away during dental emergencies, so don’t hesitate to contact us.
We are happy to provide same day dental care for emergency patients whenever possible.
The Most Common Dental Emergencies
When patients contact us in need of urgent dental care, we are happy to take them at their word, but many patients find themselves unsure whether or not they’re experiencing an emergency. A good rule of thumb is to contact our team even if you just think your situation may be an emergency. Chances are it is, and if it’s not, we can schedule a regular appointment and walk you through at-home care over the phone. If you’re still not certain whether you should give us a call, review the following list of common dental emergencies:
- Avulsed (knocked out) teeth or dental restorations
- Chipped, cracked, broken, or fractured teeth or dental restorations
- Damaged dentures or partial dentures
- Soft tissue lacerations
- Severe toothache that may indicate the need for root canal therapy
First Aid and Pain Management Tips & Tricks
If you experience any of these common dental emergencies, we encourage you to contact us right away. We can walk you through first aid over the phone, but if you would like to be ahead of the curve, we invite you to review the following simple steps you can take during dental emergencies:
- Knocked out teeth or restorations – if your tooth or restoration is completely broken away from the mouth, the first step is to locate the lost tooth. If the tooth or restoration is intact, carefully handle them by the crown (top part/biting surface) never the root or the open area around the bottom or restorations. You may want to rinse the tooth with cool water, but avoid removing any natural tissues. Swish water gently in your mouth to remove any blood or debris. Then, if at all possible, replace the tooth or restoration in the mouth. This keeps it safe until you reach our office. If you’re unable to reinsert your lost tooth or restoration, place it in a container of milk or water.
- Cracked, broken, or fractured teeth or dental restorations – the most important step in caring for broken teeth is to ensure that the healthy dental structure remains intact and that the opposing and surrounding teeth, gums, and soft tissue are not damaged by the broken tooth. We recommend patients start by gently swishing cool water in their mouths to slow bleeding and remove any small pieces of debris. Then, to stop any bleeding and protect the damaged tooth, bite down gently on sterile, damp gauze. Once the bleeding has stopped, you can remove the gauze, and cover any sharp points with dental wax commonly used for braces wearers. If there are large pieces of tooth or restoration that have broken away, bring those with you to our office.
- Damaged partial or full denture – if your denture is bent, broken, doesn’t fit securely, or causes discomfort after the first week of wear, contact us right away. In many cases, one of our skilled dentists is able to fully repair the damaged prosthetic in our office, but we will send the denture to our lab whenever necessary to ensure patients receive the most comfortable solution. In the meantime, we recommend patients not wear the damaged denture as this could do harm to their remaining teeth or gum tissue. Instead, store the denture in cleaning solution or water, and proceed to our office right away.
- Severe toothache – the first thing we want patients to do when experiencing a toothache is rule out a few common causes of discomfort. Start by gently flossing around the tooth that is in pain. Then, swish warm water around the area. If there is a foreign object stuck between teeth causing the pain, this should remove it and relieve pain. If pain persists, we encourage patients to take an over the counter pain reliever and call us right away.
Contact Ephrata Family Dentistry – Lancaster County’s Best Emergency Dentistry Practice
When patients visit our office experiencing a dental emergency, our first step is to relieve any pain or anxiety for the patient. Once patients are comfortable and at ease, we carefully examine the damaged area, and walk them through the treatment process. Our team has the experience and skill needed to provide advanced restorative and cosmetic dentistry solutions to renew the full form, function, and appearance of patients’ smiles no matter how severe the damage.