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Emergency Dentist – Worthington, PA

Restore Your Dental Health & Erase Your Pain 

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Dental emergencies may not be avoidable, but it’s still a good idea to have a plan of action. The first step you should always take if you’re experiencing oral pain or discomfort is to call our office. Dr. LJ Adam strives to see emergency patients the same day, so you won’t have to endure hours of discomfort. If you’re unsure of whether your situation requires urgent treatment, we’ll let you know when you contact our office. We can also provide you with helpful first-aid guidance to prevent any further damage from occurring.

How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies

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If you’re experiencing painful symptoms that are out-of-the-ordinary or have a knocked-out or damaged tooth, don’t hesitate to call our office as soon as possible. In most emergencies, time is of the essence, so your dentist in Worthington will try to fit you in as soon as possible to provide you with the treatment you need. If you’re not able to immediately reach us, we’ve also provided some helpful tips below.

Toothaches

Address any possible lodged debris between your teeth by gently maneuvering dental floss around the area that’s causing you pain. If the discomfort still persists, it’s likely the result of a tooth infection or dental damage. As a temporary source of relief, you can take an over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen. You can also place a cold compress on the area to numb the nerves and bring down any swelling.

Chipped/Broken Tooth

Begin by rinsing your mouth with lukewarm salt water to rinse away any debris. Try to locate as many pieces of your damaged tooth as possible and place them in a sealed container. If a sharp edge has been created on your tooth that’s irritating your oral tissues, you can cover it with a piece of sugar-free gum or orthodontic wax.

Knocked-Out Tooth

Locate your tooth on the ground and pick it up by the biting surface only. Gently rinse it under water to remove any dirt and store it in a sealable container full of milk or saltwater. In this situation, time is of the essence, and you’ll need to get to our office within the hour so we’ll have a higher chance of successfully replanting it.

Lost Filling/Crown

If your restoration has fallen out, you can rinse it off with some water and attempt to place it back on your tooth with a small amount of toothpaste or denture adhesive. This is only a temporary solution, so you’ll still need to come to our office so we can repair or replace your restoration.

Keys to Preventing Dental Emergencies

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There’s no surefire way to completely avoid experiencing a dental emergency. After all, they’re unpredictable by their very nature. However, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of injury and minimize your overall dental care costs. Our team is happy to discuss ways to safeguard your smile during your appointment, but in the meantime, we encourage you to read further so that you can begin taking preventive measures.

Visit Our Dental Office Regularly for Checkups

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Regular checkups and cleanings are often considered the first line of defense when it comes to preventing dental emergencies in Worthington. While daily brushing and flossing are important, only a trained dentist like Dr. LJ can make sure your hygiene regimen is working and that no oral health issues are in the early stages of development. Attending a checkup on a regular basis allows our team to catch potential emergencies and stop them in their tracks with prompt treatment.

Keep Up with Your At-Home Oral Hygiene

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Brushing for two full minutes every morning and every night with a fluoridated toothpaste is incredibly important in strengthening your tooth enamel against bacteria that cause cavities. Of course, you’ll also want to floss since it cleans the spaces between your teeth that your toothbrush can’t reach. To keep your mouth as clean as can be, we recommend that you rinse with a fluoridated mouthwash at least once a day.

Maintain a Balanced Diet

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It’s no secret that overindulging in sugar leads to an increased risk of tooth decay. However, you should also limit foods that are particularly chewy, sticky, or hard. These items could fracture a tooth or even pull off a dental crown or other restoration. Instead, make sure to include plenty of nutritious foods and beverages into your diet. For example, milk is rich in calcium that strengthens the teeth and jawbone, while many fruits contain vitamin C, which promotes healthy gums.

Invest in a Mouthguard

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Do you enjoy playing sports like football, basketball, or soccer? Do you have a habit of grinding and clenching your teeth when you’re stressed or anxious? In either case, it’s in your best interest to protect your pearly whites by wearing a mouthguard. Dr. LJ can even make you a custom guard that fits better – and delivers more protection – than the over-the-counter options.

Use the Right Tool for the Job

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It may seem convenient to just use your teeth to open a bottle or a package, but this is actually one of the most dangerous things you can do for your smile. One wrong move and you could chip your tooth, scratch your gums, or sustain some other type of injury that sends you straight to our emergency dental office in Worthington. Taking a few moments to grab the appropriate tool can spare you several hours getting treated for a dental emergency!

The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies

Depending on your unique needs and the type of treatment you require, the cost of emergency dentistry in Worthington can vary. There’s no fixed price for urgent dental attention, but our team is more than happy to help maximize your insurance benefits, file dental claims on your behalf, and speak with you about our discount program!

Learn More About the Cost of Dental Emergencies

Emergency Dentistry FAQs

Even when you have enough free time to deal with a sudden dental emergency, it can still be incredibly stressful. While we’ve outlined ways to deal with common dental emergencies earlier on this page, you might still be confused as to how to handle your unique situation. As you wait for your appointment with your emergency dentist in Worthington, it may help to read through this list of frequently asked questions about emergency dentistry.

What Counts as a Dental Emergency?

There are a wide variety of dental problems that can be classified as emergencies. Obviously, a toothache caused by months of poor oral hygiene is quite different from a sudden injury to your mouth that results in a broken tooth. So, it can be difficult to determine when exactly you need urgent care. The most common signs of a dental emergency are:

  • Severe pain
  • Profuse bleeding
  • Teeth that are broken, loose, or missing

Even if you’re not certain that what you’re dealing with is an emergency, it’s best to err on the side of caution and schedule an appointment with us anyway.

Should I Call the Emergency Room?

In most cases, you should only call your local ER as a last resort, such as if your tooth has been knocked out and you can’t get ahold of us. This is because the vast majority of hospitals don’t have a dentist on their staff. As a result, they can’t address the root of your problem, at best being able to prescribe antibiotics or pain medication. They often don’t have the specialized equipment required to treat dental issues like a broken tooth. Generally, you should only visit the ER if your dental emergency also threatens your life, such as oral swelling that hinders your ability to breathe.

Will My Tooth Need to Be Removed?

If you have a particular tooth that’s giving you trouble, you might think that extracting it would mean the end of your problem. However, removing a tooth can create its own set of issues. For example, the adjacent teeth could drift out of place, and you’ll be at a higher risk for cavities, gum disease, and further tooth loss. Not to mention, replacing a missing tooth can cost a pretty penny. Because of this, we generally only recommend an extraction if there is no other way to save the tooth. Rest assured that if we decide an extraction is what’s best for your oral health, we’ll do our utmost to make the process as smooth and stress-free as possible.

My Toothache Suddenly Went Away. Do I Still Need Treatment?

Most likely. You might feel relived if your tooth pain disappears, but if your discomfort was the result of an infection, your problem is far from over. A loss of pain could mean that infection has destroyed the nerve inside the tooth so that it stops sending pain signals to the brain. Ignoring this problem could cause the infection to spread. Even if your toothache goes away, you should still contact us as soon as you can.