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A dental emergency is often very painful; an agonizing toothache or uncomfortable sense of pressure creates a desperate need for relief that leaves you asking, “How can I find emergency dental care near me?” Knowing where to go and who to call for emergency dental treatment is critical for alleviating symptoms and preventing further damage to your dental health.
Where to Find an Emergency Dentist
When an emergency strikes, there’s no need to suffer; waiting to see if the problem goes away on its own can lead to unnecessary complications. Our emergency dentists in Center City Philadelphia can provide comprehensive emergency dental care during office hours. Please call us during regular business hours to schedule an appointment for emergency dental treatment. Our skilled emergency dentists will do their best to see you as soon as possible. Our office offers emergency treatment for patients experiencing dental swelling or bleeding. Our goal is to diagnose your problem, resolve your pain and determine if further treatment is needed to prevent the condition from recurring.
What Are Emergency Dental Services?
Emergency dental care includes any type of urgent dental care service that is required to immediately relieve a severe toothache, repair structural damage, or address other problems that could become more serious or result in permanent damage if treatment is postponed. Our emergency dentists in Center City Philadelphia can treat accidental injuries and provide temporary restorations as needed. Additional emergency dental services that our office provides during regular business hours include:
- Treatment of toothaches and other causes of oral pain and pressure that arise from tooth decay or injuries
- Emergency tooth extraction
- Emergency tooth repair for chipped, cracked, and fractured teeth
- Management of wisdom tooth pain and minor swelling
- Restoration of lost or loose fillings or crowns
- Pain, broken brackets, and displaced wires related to orthodontic devices
- Treatment of dental infections
When to Get Emergency Dental Treatment
I’m not sure if I really need emergency dental care. When should I contact an emergency dentist in Center City Philadelphia?
You may need to obtain emergency services if you are suffering from any of the following dental conditions and symptoms:
Broken or Fractured Teeth
It’s important to treat a fractured or broken tooth quickly to avoid infection or further structural damage. If your broken tooth has a jagged edge, cover it with dental wax to avoid cutting your cheek or tongue, and call our office so that we can see you as soon as possible.
Emergency dentists can often re-implant knocked-out teeth if patients get help quickly. Locate all tooth fragments, and gently try to place the tooth back into its socket after rinsing it with warm water. Hold the tooth by its crown only. Call us for further instructions.
Severe Toothache Pain or Pressure
Severe toothache has a number of causes and should not be ignored, especially if it’s accompanied by pressure sensations, fever, earache or other symptoms.
While minor tooth sensitivity may not require urgent dental care, sudden or severe sensitivity can sometimes be caused by a tooth fracture or gum infection.
Dental Decay (Cavities)
Dental decay leading to large cavities can expose the tooth root and cause severe toothache. Our emergency dentists can provide pain relief and determine what type of treatment is needed to repair the damaged tooth.
Trauma, gum disease and tooth decay can lead to an abscess or infection at the root of a tooth. Symptoms include severe toothache, tooth sensitivity, fever, foul breath, swollen glands in your neck, facial and gum swelling and open or draining sores on or near your gums. If left untreated, an abscessed tooth can cause serious complications, so treatment should not be postponed.
Lost or Loose Fillings
Lost or loose fillings can lead to tooth sensitivity or pain and make your tooth more vulnerable to damage and decay. Call us as soon as possible to schedule treatment.
Broken Crowns or Lost Restorations
A broken crown or lost restoration isn’t just a cosmetic problem. It leaves affected teeth more vulnerable to damage. Our dentists can provide a temporary or permanent solution to protect your tooth and keep your beautiful smile intact.
Orthodontic Pain or Injuries
Pain and injury caused by metal braces is not uncommon. If you experience orthodontic pain or other problems, we can relieve symptoms and help stabilize your braces to prevent further injury.
Tooth Enamel Worn by Teeth Grinding
Teeth grinding can cause serious damage to tooth enamel over time. When it becomes an urgent problem, emergency dentists can reinforce worn enamel and create night guards to alleviate nighttime bruxism.
The relationship between sinus pressure and tooth pain is complex. If you are experiencing both symptoms at the same time, it’s important to rule out dental causes such as infection or problems with impacted wisdom teeth.
How to Handle More Serious Problems
I am worried that my injury or condition may be serious. Should I get emergency dental care near me or call 911?
Some conditions require more immediate or more specialized treatment than an emergency visit can provide. If you are suffering from any of the following, call your oral surgeon, your primary care physician or 911, or visit the nearest hospital emergency room at once.
- Severe swelling of your face or gums
- Severe bleeding
- Sudden injuries to your face, head, teeth or jaw
How Much Do Dental Emergency Visits Cost?
The cost of emergency care depends on a variety of factors, so it is different for every patient. Your total charges will depend on what types of treatments are needed to resolve your symptoms. For example, emergency surgeries performed by oral surgeons will cost more than conservative treatment provided by emergency dentists. Emergency care without insurance can put an unexpected strain on your budget, but our emergency dentists offer a number of financing options, accept most major insurance plans and accept major credit cards. And if you don’t have insurance, no problem; we offer our DentRite® discount plan. DentRite® is not dental insurance, but a discount dental plan that provides significant savings on dental procedures. Contact us for more information.
If I need help at night or on a weekend, how can I find an affordable emergency dental office near me?
The type of emergency treatment you need depends on the severity of your pain and other symptoms or the type of injury you have sustained. If it’s after-hours or on a weekend and you need immediate help for a serious injury, it may be best to seek care at the nearest hospital or call 911. If you have severe symptoms or are unsure of the seriousness of your condition, it’s better to be safe and get treatment immediately than to risk permanent damage or serious complications by waiting. When you need to reach our emergency dentists in Center City Philadelphia during regular business hours, please call us.