Dental Emergencies

What is a Dental Emergency? 

A dental emergency is any situation that poses an immediate threat to the health of your teeth and supporting tissues.  Dental emergencies are often the result of impact to the mouth, but they also can be caused by infection.  To ensure the best possible outcome, any dental emergency should be evaluated by a professional immediately. 

After Hours Emergencies: 

For patients that have been already been seen in our office and are experiencing severe dental emergencies after hours, such as significant infection, pain or trauma please call our emergency number Weierbach Prosthodontics Phone Number 717-560-9190 and leave a message with our answering services. Dr. Weierbach will give you a call back to discuss your current situation.

Other Emergency Dental Situations: 

  • Substantial Toothache
  • Significant Sensitivity 
  • Swollen or Sore Gums
  • Jaw Pain
  • Infection
  • Broken, Cracked and Chipped Teeth 
  • Broken Fillings
  • Lost Crown

Pain Management: 

If you can’t get into your dentist’s’ office immediately, here is a list of effective home remedies to make you more comfortable while you wait for care: 

  • Warm water rinses for sore teeth and gums.
  • Over the counter pain medication such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen (Tylenol)
  • Ice packs applied to the outside of cheeks.
  • Dental anesthetics containing benzocaine may be used as directed on the package for pain.
  • Avoid overly hot and cold beverages and foods to reduce sensitivity.
  • Heating pads may be used for jaw pain.
  • Avoid chewing in the injured area.
  • If a broken tooth has a sharp edge, cotton can be placed over it to protect soft tissues in your mouth.

Pain-Free Emergencies:  Some dental emergencies may not cause pain initially.  For example, a cracked tooth may not hurt, but it may lead to nerve damage in the roots.  For this reason, all of the listed conditions need immediate attention, whether or not pain is present. 

We are here to help! Please contact our Lancaster PA office at Weierbach Prosthodontics Phone Number 717-560-9190 if you are experiencing a dental emergency.

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