Emergency Dentist in Newtown Square, PA
When you have a toothache, tooth sensitivity, or another concern, don’t wait to see if the problem goes away. Doing so might only make matters worse. Instead, please call our office in Newtown Square at (484) 458-5392 during normal business hours. We offer same-day emergency dental appointments whenever possible. If we do not have an opening, we would be happy to refer you to our affiliated dental office in Thorndale, PA.
Our emergency dentist is trained to address many different types of problems including toothaches, mouth sores, mouth injuries, cracked or broken teeth, or a lost filling or lost crown. We’re here to ease your pain by addressing whatever dental problem you’re facing.
Our goal is to diagnose and treat the problem, relieve the pain and determine if additional treatment is required to prevent additional problems from occurring down the road.
Where to Find an Emergency Dentist
Dental emergencies can happen at any time of day or night and may be the result of anything from an excessively painful abscessed tooth to a broken tooth resulting from a sports injury, fall or other unexpected accident.
When that happens, what do you do?
The first thing to do is call our office in Newtown Square for an emergency dental appointment during regular business hours. We’ll do our best to schedule you for an appointment that same day, or will refer you to our affiliated practice in Thorndale. If it’s after-hours and you are experiencing a true dental emergency that cannot wait for treatment, we recommend you go to a walk-in medical clinic or emergency room.
What Can Cause a Toothache or Mouth Pain?
When you think of toothaches, the first thing that often comes to mind is cavities. If the dental decay erodes the enamel and reaches the soft pulp of the tooth, it can cause tooth sensitivity and pain.
Other causes of mouth and dental pain include:
- Abscessed tooth: This is an infection in the root of the tooth with symptoms that may include a severe toothache or tooth sensitivity, fever, bad breath, swollen glands, swelling of the face and gums, and open or draining sores on or near your gums. The cause can be trauma, tooth decay or periodontitis (gum disease) and, if left untreated, can cause serious complications.
- Crown came off or filling fell out: In both cases, you’ll likely notice increased tooth sensitivity and you’re more prone to additional damage or decay if left untreated. Please call immediately to schedule an appointment.
- Cracked, broken or loose teeth: No matter the cause and no matter how seemingly minor or insignificant the problem, it’s important to see a dentist as soon as possible. Failure to do so might result in an infection – even with the slightest of cracks – which can lead to much bigger problems.
- Tooth knocked out: If a permanent tooth is knocked out – whether at a sporting event, as a result of a fall or some other accident – hold the tooth by the crown (top of the tooth), rinse off the tooth with milk or water, and try to return it to its place in the mouth, biting down on a moistened gauze or a teabag to hold it in place until a dentist can see it – but be careful not to swallow the tooth! Don’t wipe the tooth with anything because that can damage the roots. If you can’t insert the tooth back into its socket, rinse off the tooth and put it in a container of your saliva or milk to keep it moistened until you make it to the dentist or emergency room.
- Enamel worn thin by teeth grinding: Called bruxism, the gnashing of teeth can make them more sensitive to touch and temperature. It can also cause headaches; face, neck and jaw pain; destroy surrounding bone and gum tissue; and result in loss of sleep.
- Sinus pressure: Believe it or not, a sinus infection (sinusitis) can create pain in your upper teeth. If you think this is the case, you might consider calling your personal care physician instead of the dentist.
What is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a common dental procedure that is performed when the dental pulp in the roots of the tooth is cleaned out and the remaining space is disinfected and filled.
The pulp is the soft area in the center of the tooth which is comprised of the nerve, blood vessels and connective tissue of the tooth. Sometimes the pulp becomes irritated, inflamed and infected as a result of tooth decay, an abscess, or a crack in the tooth– any of which may result in a painful toothache.
When this happens, our root canal dentist in Newtown Square may opt to perform a root canal treatment. The dentist numbs the tooth, removes the infected pulp from the chamber, and irrigates the root canal to remove any debris. Once this is complete, the chamber is packed with a special filling material which helps to prevent any future infection or contamination of the canal. Later, the general dentist will place a crown to cap the tooth.
Many people think a root canal is painful, but that is not true. Root canal treatment eliminates pain and brings immediate relief. Best of all, it saves the natural tooth.
When May a Tooth Extraction be Necessary?
There are several reasons why a tooth extraction may be necessary. It may be needed to relieve overcrowding. Or it may be needed because the tooth has been damaged beyond repair and can’t be saved by a root canal.
Here are some of the reasons why a tooth extraction may be necessary:
- Severe tooth decay
- Severely broken tooth
- Baby tooth does not fall out on its own
- Impacted wisdom tooth
- Advanced periodontal disease
Tooth extraction is a routine dental procedure. Our dentist will ensure your comfort during the procedure and will take steps to confirm the bone around the tooth is not damaged. Our dentist can also perform a bone graft to preserve the bone volume if needed. This is important if you would like to fill the space left by the tooth extraction with a dental implant.
When to Get Emergency Dental Treatment
Sometimes it might be difficult to know when to seek emergency help for a particular dental problem. Some problems may seem less serious than others.
In general, it’s best to seek an emergency dentist if confronted with any of the following dental conditions or symptoms: Broken or fractured teeth, knocked-out teeth, severe toothache or pressure, sudden and severe tooth sensitivity, dental decay including cavities, abscessed tooth, lost or loose fillings, broken crowns or lost restorations, orthodontic pain or injuries, worn tooth enamel (from grinding), or sinus pressure.
How to Handle More Serious Dental Problems
Some dental emergencies may be so serious that it may be wiser to call 911, an oral surgeon or your primary care physician instead of your dentist. Those emergencies include severe swelling of your face and gums, severe bleeding from the teeth or mouth, or sudden injuries to your face, head, teeth or jaw.
How Much Do Dental Emergency Visits Cost?
There is no set amount because the cost may differ from one kind of emergency to another. The cost will depend on the type of treatment required for your individual symptoms or problem. Among the emergency dental care services we provide at Newtown Square are extractions, root canal treatment, and replacement crowns and fillings.
We accept most major insurance plans and credit cards. If you don’t have a dental plan, we offer CareCredit® and the DentRite® discount plan. CareCredit is a healthcare credit card that offers financing options for health and dental expenses. DentRite is not insurance but is a discount dental plan that affordable alternative for individuals or families that provides considerable savings on dental procedures.