Emergency Dentistry

A2Z Smile Care -  - Family Dentistry

A2Z Smile Care

Family Dentistry & Implant Dentistry located in Glenside, PA

An accident or severe infection may not be able to wait until the next available dental appointment. If you experience a dental emergency in Glenside, Pennsylvania, you can get a same-day appointment with Dr. Stephanie Graham or Dr. Alexandra Haberstroh at A2Z Smile Care. When you need emergency dental care, call the office or book an immediate appointment online.

Emergency Dentistry Q&A

What is considered a dental emergency?

A dental emergency is an issue that can’t wait a day or longer for treatment. Examples include:

  • A knocked-out, or partially knocked-out, tooth
  • An object caught between the teeth
  • A fractured or chipped tooth
  • Severe tooth pain or an abscess
  • Bleeding from the soft tissue of the mouth
  • Injury to the jaw

If you’re not sure if your condition is an emergency, call the office to discuss your symptoms and concerns. The experienced, compassionate staff at A2Z Smile Care can help you determine if you should come in right away or if you can wait a day or two for an appointment.

What can you do during a dental emergency until you can make it to the office?

In the time it takes you to get to the office during a dental emergency, you can take steps to alleviate immediate pain and possibly save the tooth.

For example, if you’ve knocked out a tooth, dust off any debris but avoid touching the tooth root. Hold the tooth in its socket, between your cheek and gum, or in a cup of milk as you travel to A2Z Smile Care.

If you have an object caught between your teeth, try to dislodge it with dental floss. Do not use a sharp or pointed metal object.

For a fractured or chipped tooth, alleviate any swelling with an ice pack applied to the outer cheek area. A chipped tooth may or may not constitute an emergency, but it’s safest to treat it as one.

A severe toothache or abscess benefits from cold compresses or an ice pack applied to the outside of the face. Rinse with warm, clean water to clean out your mouth. Do not apply aspirin directly to gum tissue around the sore space.

How can I prevent a dental emergency?

Sometimes an accident happens, no matter how careful you are. But some strategies can help keep your teeth healthy:

  • Always wear a mouthguard during contact sports
  • Keep up with regular dental visits and cleanings
  • Do not use your teeth as a tool

Also, use caution when eating particular hard or sticky foods, especially if you have extensive dental work such as fillings, crowns, or bridges.

If you have a dental emergency, call A2Z Smile Care in Glenside, Pennsylvania, or book an appointment online.