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You can’t afford to ignore a broken tooth or severe mouth pain; if you don’t act quickly, you could end up suffering from tooth loss – or maybe something worse! Dr. Kandov, your emergency dentist in Doylestown, PA, will make time to see you as soon as possible in the event of an emergency and can offer a variety of advanced treatments that will have you smiling comfortably again. If your mouth needs urgent care, call Olga Kandov, DMD – Brite Smiles without delay.
For one person, a dental emergency might mean a toothache that has lasted for more than a couple of days; for another, it may be a permanent tooth that was lost after they got hit in the face. We’ll need to make sure we fully understand your symptoms and what’s causing them before we can move forward with any kind of treatment. In the meantime, here’s what you can do to take control during the most common dental emergencies.
Until we can see you, you can take over-the-counter painkillers as directed and hold an ice pack over any swelling. Periodically rinsing your mouth with warm saltwater is also a good way to kill some of the bacteria that could be causing the infection.
We’ll need to figure out the extent of the damage before deciding on the appropriate treatment for a chipped or broken tooth (with extraction being a last resort). In the meantime, cover any sharp edges with a piece of wax or sugarless chewing gum so that they don’t cut the inside of your mouth.
Pick the tooth up by the crown and not the root, then call us as soon as possible. You should be seen within the hour if you want to have the best chance of saving the tooth. You can try putting it back in place within your mouth, but if you can’t, it’s best to store it in a glass of milk or in the space between your cheek and gums.
If a crown or filling falls off your tooth but isn’t broken, you can temporarily reattach it with dental cement until your appointment. You can also cover the exposed tooth with the cement to try and protect it. Any pain can be dulled with clove oil. Avoid chewing with the affected tooth, as it’s likely to be very weak.
Basic oral care and common sense can greatly reduce your chances of experiencing a dental emergency. Naturally, this means preventing tooth and gum infections by brushing and flossing on a regular basis. (You might also consider adding an antibiotic mouth rinse to your oral hygiene routine.) To avoid injuring your teeth, never bite into hard foods such as ice or peppermints. If you participate in a sport or any other recreational activity that poses a risk to your mouth, you can ask Dr. Kandov about getting a mouthguard.
Finding relief for your pain and having your damaged teeth repaired are of the utmost importance, of course, but you’re also likely to be concerned about the cost of your treatment. Each person’s emergency is unique and will require different procedures to address, so the final price will vary. We’ll take the time to explain what you can expect to pay. Keep in mind that we’re in-network with several dental PPOs; if you don’t have insurance, feel free to ask about our in-house savings plan.