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Emergency Dentist – Washington, PA

Quality Dental Care When You Need It Most

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The nature of a dental emergency is that it’s never planned, but rest assured that our team at Dental Health First has you covered. With the latest technology, late office hours throughout the week, and not one but three experienced emergency dentists in Washington, we can quickly get you out of pain and restore your dental health at the same time. When you or a loved one has a dental emergency and needs high-quality care as soon as possible, contact us right away. We make emergency care a priority and we’re here to help!

How To Handle Common Dental Emergencies

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Whether you’ve had a sudden injury or simply have a toothache that’s gotten worse over time, we have the experience to treat both types of emergencies. The first thing you should do is give our office a call (if it’s outside office hours, you’ll get an emergency number where you can reach us). After we’ve scheduled the first available appointment, we’ll give you specific tips for your situation. In the meantime, you can do the following until we can see you.

Toothache or Swelling

A toothache usually indicates a severe cavity or infection. Swish with lukewarm saltwater and apply a cold compress to the area. You can take over-the-counter pain medication, but remember that even if the pain subsides, you still need treatment for the infection to prevent it from spreading.

Chipped or Broken Teeth

First, rinse and spit with lukewarm water and, if needed, use dental wax from the drugstore to cover any sharp edges. Oftentimes, a chipped tooth isn’t painful unless it’s severe, but if you’re experiencing discomfort, apply a cold compress and take over-the-counter pain medication as directed.

Knocked-Out Tooth

It’s important to be seen within an hour, so if you can’t make it to our office in that timeframe, go to your nearest ER or urgent care center. Gently rinse the tooth off, handling it by the crown only (not the root). If you can, put it back in its socket facing the right way. If that’s not an option, keep it moist by putting it in a glass of cold milk or water, or your cheek pouch.

Lost Filling or Dental Crown

If a dental crown comes off, rinse it off and let it dry. To temporarily adhere it, put a small amount of dental cement from the store or toothpaste in it and place it over your tooth. It may be tempting to use another kind of glue or adhesive, but don’t! It makes it harder to properly re-cement the crown when you arrive.

How To Prevent Dental Emergencies

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As a dentist in Washington, we encourage the following types of preventative care to help our patients avoid emergencies as much as possible:

  • Be sure to schedule regular checkups so we can prevent small problems from turning into emergencies.
  • Good oral hygiene habits are incredibly important and will greatly minimize dental problems in general.
  • For injury prevention, wear custom-made oral appliances as needed (e.g. a mouthguard or nightguard).
  • Don’t chew on ice, pens, hard candies, etc. or use your teeth as tools to open packages.

The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies

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Emergency care (and its associated costs) can range from a simple filling to a root canal and dental crown. In some cases, an extraction is necessary, followed by a replacement option like a bridge or dental implant.

After we’ve done an exam, we’ll review our recommendations and give you multiple treatment options whenever necessary to give you choices. Once we’ve made a treatment plan, we can give you a cost estimate and review your insurance benefits or financing options.