Emergency Dentistry in Philadelphia

If you need an emergency dentist right now, call us at (215) 568-6222

Experiencing any of the following? Contact your emergency dentist to find out if you need to be seen right away:

  • Severe tooth pain.
  • Sudden discomfort.
  • Excessively bleeding gums.
  • Dislodged tooth.
  • Jaw injury.
  • Mouth trauma.
  • Chipped tooth.
  • Cracked tooth.
  • Loose crown.
  • Lost filling.
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Don’t make these mistakes.

If you suspect you have a dental emergency, don’t make these mistakes:

  • Avoiding dental care because you’re afraid of the dentist.
  • Thinking the problem will resolve on its own (it won’t).
  • You just don’t want to deal with the dentist right now.
  • Take pride in your high threshold for pain.
  • Believing the problem can wait until your next dental appointment.

If you have a problem now, it will get worse over time. And then you’ll have even bigger issues to deal with and, potentially, more costly and in-depth repairs.

Dental pain is a sign that something isn’t right.

Dental pain means something is wrong. The problem might be visible, or it might be something that’s going on under the surface.

You may have:

  • Tooth decay.
  • An infection.
  • Gum disease.
  • Oral cancer.
  • An impacted tooth.
  • A loose tooth.
  • A broken tooth.

False alarm or dental emergency?

There is a sense of urgency when it comes to dental problems. It’s always better to be safe than sorry if you have a question about what’s going on with your teeth, jaw, or mouth, rather than overreacting and stressing yourself out.

There are some oral health problems that can seem awful but may not be as bad as you think, like lots and lots of blood. A hit to the mouth can produce a lot of blood, which makes the injury look worse than it may be.

What is the solution for a dental emergency?

First, call your dentist.

Second, get a diagnosis.

Third, get the repairs made so you can have a healthy, strong, fully functional mouth again.

Your dentist may use procedures like:

  • Porcelain crowns.
  • Porcelain bridges.
  • Root canal therapy.
  • Tooth extraction.
  • Inlays or onlays.
  • Dental implants.
  • Gum disease therapy.

You want a Philadelphia dentist who has a modern dental office and state-of-the-art equipment, so you know your dental repairs will be done quickly and well.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Constitutes a Dental Emergency?

A dental emergency is a situation where a patient has severe pain, injury, or trauma to their teeth, gums, or mouth that warrants immediate medical attention. 

You have a dental emergency if you:

  • Have a severe toothache
  • Have a tooth that is heavily cracked
  • Have one of your teeth knocked out
  • Have a dental abscess
  • Lost a dental restoration
  • Have a severe injury to your soft tissue, such as a deep cut on the lips. 

If you experience any of these, contact us immediately. 

What Should I Do if I'm Experiencing Severe Tooth Pain?

If you are experiencing severe tooth pain, rinse your mouth out with warm water, gently floss to see if there is any trapped debris, and take pain relievers if you are able. If this does not resolve the issue, contact us immediately for an emergency appointment.

How Do I Handle a Dislodged Tooth or Dental Injury?

If one of your teeth was knocked out or dislodged, grab it by the top and gently rinse it with warm water. If possible, try to reinsert the tooth back into the socket. If you are unable to reinsert the tooth, keep it moist by soaking it in either saliva or a glass of milk, then contact us for an emergency appointment.

What Should I Do if I Have Lost a Filling or Crown?

If you have lost a dental filling or crown, try to keep the affected tooth clean and refrain from chewing on that side of your mouth. As a temporary filling for the cavity, use sugar-free gum and contact us for an appointment. We will replace the filling or crown immediately. 

What Mistakes Should I Avoid During a Dental Emergency?

Should you experience a dental emergency, do not hesitate to seek out treatment. The longer you wait, the worse the problem can become. This can also lead to permanent damage. Furthermore, do not try to treat the problem with home remedies.

Why Is Dental Pain a Cause for Concern?

Dental pain can be an indicator of a severe issue, such as tooth decay, infection, or gum disease. It is highly recommended not to ignore any pain you might feel, as it can potentially cause the issue to worsen. 

How Can I Differentiate Between a Dental Emergency and a False Alarm?

A dental emergency usually entails trauma, swelling, and bleeding. If you are not sure about your situation, contact your dentist for guidance. 

What Steps Should I Take During a Dental Emergency?

When a dental emergency occurs, it is critical that you remain calm, rinse your mouth out with warm water, and then contact us for an emergency appointment. Furthermore, you will also need to follow any instructions provided by Dr. Cirka.

What Treatment Options Are Available for Dental Emergencies?

The treatment needed for dental emergencies depends on the situation. It can include pain management, tooth reimplantation, dental restoration, root canal therapy, gum disease treatment, or even oral surgery. Dr. Cirka will inform you of what treatment you need when you come in. 

Schedule an Appointment

Contact Dr. Ken Cirka at Philadelphia Dentistry in Center City to make your appointment today. If you are having a dental emergency in Philadelphia, PA, right now, call us at (215) 568-6222.

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