Emergency Dentistry Specialist

Philadelphia Dental

General Dentistry & Implant Dentistry located in Philadelphia, PA

A mouth wound, cracked tooth, or knocked-out teeth are all emergency situations that should have you headed to an emergency dentist immediately. The dental experts at Philadelphia Dental in South Philly are here to take care of the emergency dental needs of everyone in your family. If you're dealing with a dental emergency, call the Philadelphia office nearest you or schedule an appointment online.

Emergency Dentistry Q & A

What is an emergency dentist?

An emergency dentist treats dental and mouth injuries that need immediate attention. Most dental emergencies are situations in which you might lose a broken or knocked-out tooth for good. Visiting Philadelphia Dental within 30 minutes of your mouth or tooth injury can mean the difference between saving and losing your tooth.

Are you in need of emergency dental care?

If you're worried about a severe mouth injury you or a family member has sustained, it's the right time to call an emergency dentist. Immediate treatment calls for immediate action. Common dental emergency situations include:

  • Knocked-out teeth
  • A loose permanent tooth
  • Intense tooth or mouth pain
  • Bleeding inside your mouth from your cheeks, tongue, or gums
  • An injury to your mouth or face
  • Swelling in your tongue, gums, or mouth
  • A severely broken or cracked tooth
  • A cut or tear on your lips

You may not be dealing with a dental emergency if you chip a tooth but it doesn't appear as if you'll lose the tooth entirely. Even so, it’s a good idea to contact one of the experienced dentists at Philadelphia Dental so they can tell you how to handle your tooth until you can get to the office.

What should I do when my tooth is knocked-out?

A knocked-out tooth is no laughing matter. It's one of the most severe dental emergencies. Put off going to the dentist and you could lose the tooth entirely. Promptly clean your mouth and the injured tooth, especially if it's fallen out and gotten dirty. Swish warm water around your mouth and rinse the tooth in warm water, being careful to avoid touching the tooth's roots.

As you clean the tooth, hold it gently by the top, or crown. Never pick up your tooth from the root. If it's possible, place the tooth back in your mouth and into the gum where it was knocked out. Close your mouth and bite down gently on the tooth, if you can. It might help to bite down on a soft piece of gauze until you can visit Philadelphia Dental. Call the office right away or have a family member or friend call to let our staff know you're on your way.

If the tooth can't be replaced in the empty socket, place it in a small cup of cold milk. The milk will help preserve the roots until you can make it into the office. The team at Philadelphia Dental is here for you. Call for calm, expert assistance in the event of a dental emergency.