Emergency Dentist – Doylestown, PA
We’re Here Right When You Need Us
For people who are experiencing extreme dental pain or have suffered a serious injury to their teeth, the team at Perfect Smiles of Doylestown is ready to help at a moment’s notice. If you or a loved one ever needs immediate dental care, just give our dental office a call, and we’ll see you right away. Dr. Lewis is able to handle all kinds of emergencies and provide patients with the fast relief they need. Go ahead and put our dental office’s number in your phone, so you don’t have to look it up right when you need it for emergency dentistry in Doylestown!
Why Choose Perfect Smiles of Doylestown for Emergency Dentistry?
- Same-Day Appointments Available for Emergency Patients
- Dentist with More than 30 Years of Experience
- We Treat Every Patient Like Family
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
No matter the type of dental emergency, the best advice we can give is that you should contact our dental office as soon as you can. Once you’re on the phone with our team, we’ll be able to provide first-aid tips and quickly schedule an appointment. Before you’re able to reach our dental office, here are a few things you can do on your own to provide some immediate relief:
After rinsing and flossing around the hurting tooth, take an OTC pain-reliever and apply a cold compress to the face. Do Not place an aspirin directly on the gums near a tooth, as this can potentially cause a chemical burn.
Recover as many pieces of the tooth that you can, place them in a safe container, and be sure to bring them to our dental office. Use a cold compress in 10-minute intervals to reduce any swelling, and be sure to cover the remaining tooth to prevent it from cutting the inside of the mouth. You can use sugarless gum or dental wax to do this.
It’s important that you keep the tooth wet until we can see you in order to keep it alive so it can be replanted. Find the tooth, rinse off any debris, and try to place it back into the socket. If this isn’t working, hold it between the gums and cheek or put it in a container with some milk or saltwater.
Gently rinse the restoration with lukewarm water and try to put it back onto the tooth to keep it protected. If you develop any pain or sensitivity, take an OTC medication. Avoid chewing with the tooth until it can be repaired, and if the restoration won’t stay in place, a dab of toothpaste on the tooth should help.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
The following tips will dramatically lower your risk of experiencing a dental emergency:
- Be sure to wear a protective mouthguard whenever you engage in sports, no matter your age, level of skill, or chosen game.
- Chewing on items like ice, popcorn kernels, pens, pencils, or fingernails can wear your teeth down to the point of breaking, so don’t do it!
- Don’t use your teeth as a tool to open a package or bottle.
- Practice consistent oral hygiene at home and regularly get dental checkups. Many dental emergencies stem from small problems going untreated for a long time, but these practices will take care of most minor issues.
Understanding the Cost of Emergency Dentistry
There is no set cost for treating a dental emergency because every situation is unique from patient to patient. One person may just need a prescription to deal with an infection, while another may require multiple teeth to be removed and replaced. Our goal with every urgent patient is to get them out of pain as fast as possible before addressing any damage. To make emergency care more affordable, we will files claims for many insurance plans, and have in-house financing options. Read on to learn more about the cost of dental emergencies.
Every Dental Emergency Is Different
Your initial emergency dental visit is typically inexpensive – our team will assess your needs and develop a plan to get your smile back on track. However, it is impossible to give you a cost estimate for your care without first examining your mouth. You may require one of several common emergency dental treatments, each of which incur their own cost:
- Dental crowns
- Root canal therapy
- Tooth extraction
- TMJ/TMD therapy
- And more!
Save Money by Taking Care of Your Smile
While sudden dental accidents often cannot be avoided, many dental emergencies are the result of infection or damage that has been steadily worsening for weeks or months. Investing in routine checkups and a diligent at-home oral hygiene regimen could potentially save you thousands of dollars in emergency care over the years!
You can also save money by seeking treatment for a dental emergency as soon as you notice the problem. Unlike certain medical conditions that resolve themselves over time, dental issues typically do not get better on their own. In fact, they usually worsen the longer you put off treatment and end up requiring more expensive, invasive, and time-consuming procedures.
Does Dental Insurance Cover Dental Emergencies?
Most insurance plans offer some coverage for dental emergencies, but this will vary from person to person. Often, your plan will pay for one emergency exam per year, and will partially cover (usually 50% to 80%) many procedures commonly used in urgent dental care, like crowns and root canals.
However, each policy differs, and things like deductibles and yearly maximums must be considered. Our team members will gladly file your claims for you, and we even offer in-network savings for patients with a Delta Dental plan.
Other Options for Making Dental Emergencies Affordable
At Perfect Smiles of Doylestown, we offer a solution for patients who need assistance paying for their dental treatments – CareCredit. This company allows you to break up the cost of your care into a monthly payment plan that best suits your budget. Better yet, most of these plans come with little to no interest!
Emergency Dentistry FAQs
Although you can’t always predict when a dental emergency is going to strike, it helps to be as prepared as possible in the event that one does occur. That’s why we have taken our most frequently asked questions about emergency dentistry and answered them down below for your convenience. If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, or you have a question that you don’t see the answer to on this page, feel free to contact us and ask!
How Can I Remove an Object Stuck Between My Teeth?
Sometimes a serious toothache is the result of something being caught in between your teeth. To dislodge the object, dissolve half a teaspoon of salt in a glass of water and rinse with the solution. If that doesn’t work, then use dental floss. If you still can’t remove it, then call your emergency dentist in Doylestown. Whatever you do, do NOT attempt to dislodge it with a toothpick or a similar sharp object, as that can damage your teeth and irritate the soft tissues in your mouth.
Will My Toothache Get Better on Its Own?
More often than not, no, it won’t. While some general medical problems, like the common cold, do subside if you leave them alone, that is usually not the case for oral health issues. In fact, most toothaches get worse the longer you avoid getting treatment. Generally, healthy teeth do not hurt, so if you are experiencing pain, there is typically something wrong with your tooth, like a cavity or fracture. In between your call to us and your appointment, you can take over-the-counter pain relievers, but that should never be a substitute for proper treatment.
Will I Need a Root Canal?
Without evaluating your specific case, it’s impossible to provide a definitive answer to this question. Normally, a root canal is required when decay or damage has spread to the delicate center of the tooth (called the pulp) where the nerve is housed. This often results in the mother of all toothaches. If you know for a fact that your tooth pain is due to your having a cavity that you never got filled, it’s very likely that you’ll need a root canal to relieve your discomfort. It’s worth mentioning that root canals are not actually a painful procedure. In fact, they are designed to alleviate your pain.
What If I Have a Busted Lip or Tongue?
First, carefully clean the area with warm water and apply pressure with a piece of cloth or gauze. Once the bleeding has stopped, apply a cold compress to the site to curb any swelling and cut down on pain. If the bleeding doesn’t stop after more than 15 minutes or you are in a lot of pain, either contact us or visit your local emergency room.