Gentle Dental of Thorndale
3307 East Lincoln Highway, Thorndale, PA 19372

The 411 on Dental 911 – Dealing with a Dental Emergency

Dental Emergencies

No one expects to have a dental emergency, but the fact is, accidents happen.  And when they do, it’s important to address pain, discomfort, and injuries as soon as possible. Ignoring trauma and injury to the teeth and gums can lead to serious consequences in the future. If your teeth or gums are injured, don’t wait to get treatment. An emergency dentist can help you stabilize the problem or, in many cases, you may be able to get assistance from your own dentist in Thorndale. Many dentists provide openings in their schedules to accommodate dental emergencies.

Take safety precautions, including wearing a mouthguard when participating in sports activities that could pose a risk to your teeth, mouth, and jaw. To help prevent cracks in your teeth, avoid eating hard candy and popcorn kernels, and don’t chew on ice. Use scissors—not your teeth—to break tape, tags, or anything else.

A dental emergency can happen despite the precautions you may take, so use the list below to recognize common dental emergencies and get help right away from an emergency dentist in Thorndale.

  • Toothache. If your tooth aches, floss gently to remove any trapped food and rinse your mouth with warm water. If you have swelling, apply a cold compress and take a pain reliever.
  • Tooth abscess. An abscess is a painful infection that causes swelling in the gums and around the root of the tooth. It’s a serious condition that can spread to other parts of your body if you don’t get the proper dental care, so visit an emergency dentist in Thorndale immediately.
  • Knocked-out tooth. When a knocked-out tooth is placed back into its socket within one hour of being knocked out, it stands the best chance of being saved. If one of your teeth is accidentally knocked out, hold it by the crown and carefully rinse the root with water. Do not scrub the tooth or remove any attached tissue. Promptly submerge the tooth in milk, or water with a pinch of salt, and take it with you to an emergency dentist in Thorndale.
  • Broken tooth. Save as many pieces of the tooth that you can, and then rinse your mouth and the pieces with warm water. Use gauze to stop any bleeding, apply a cold compress to reduce swelling, and take pain relievers to minimize discomfort.
  • Missing filling. If a filling falls out, place a piece of sugarless chewing gum into the exposed cavity to temporarily fill the opening. Do not use sugar-filled gum, which will cause pain. Immediately call your dentist in Thorndale to make an appointment.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Thorndale, call Gentle Dental of Thorndale today at (610) 590-1798 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Thorndale. With 14 affiliated practices in the Greater Philadelphia area, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental of Thorndale, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Gentle Dental of Thorndale. 

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  • Monday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Saturday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Sunday Closed
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