Emergency Dental Care
Serving Patients in South Hills of Pittsburgh, including Upper St. Clair, Bethel, Mount Lebanon and Surrounding Areas
Often times, dental emergencies occur at inconvenient times and leave patients at a loss of what to do for a temporary fix. We offer dental emergency care at our office, so please call 412 854-2310 today.
Even though a tooth extraction can sound like a daunting procedure, at Advanced Dental Solutions of Pittsburgh, you have nothing to worry about. Using the latest dental technology and techniques, our team is able to conduct pain-free tooth extractions that help restore oral health and allow our patients to enjoy their natural pearly whites for years to come. When oral health problems that require this treatment are left unaddressed, it often causes even more issues down the road.
What Is Considered a Dental Emergency?
You may have heard about dental emergencies, but how exactly do you know if you’re having one? Dental emergencies occur when there is pain or discomfort that takes away your focus from your day to day tasks. This includes problems like chipped, cracked, or lost teeth as well as infections, lost crowns, and much more. All of these situations require an immediate call to our office for treatment. If you’re in doubt, it’s always better to contact us so we can recommend your best next steps.
When Should I Visit the ER Versus the Dentist?
If you can, it is always best to visit our office in the event of a dental emergency in Pittsburgh because we specialize in oral healthcare, and we have all of the treatments available to get you out of pain. However, there are some instances where an ER visit is vital. If you experience jaw injury, deep facial wounds, broken bones in the face, problems that affect breathing, uncontrollable bleeding, or any other life-threatening issues, you should visit the nearest urgent care facility right away.
Waiting Too Long to Treat Infections
Dental emergencies are called emergencies because they require care as soon as possible. Infections, also known as toothaches, are no different. When a tooth becomes infected, we can usually remove the damaged tissue while keeping the rest of your tooth intact with root canal therapy. However, if you don’t seek treatment for a toothache, this infection can spread to the rest of your tooth and even to other parts of your mouth. This can result in tooth loss, permanent gum tissue damage, jawbone deterioration, and more, which is why it’s best to call us right away if you think you have an infection.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
While dental emergencies can never be completely prevented, there are some steps you can take to minimize your risk of one occurring, including:
- Brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes each session
- Flossing once a day to remove bacteria and food debris from in between your teeth
- Adding a nonalcoholic mouthwash to your routine
- Wearing a mouthguard during physical activity
- Wearing a nightguard if you’re prone to nighttime teeth grinding
- Avoiding using your teeth as tools
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
Because there are a wide range of emergencies that can happen, it’s difficult to give a precise cost estimate without examining your smile first. Our emergency dentist in Pittsburgh will carefully look over your oral health to determine the best solution for you. After, we can recommend a personalized treatment plan that includes information like cost. If you’re ready to get started, don’t hesitate to contact our office today!
Common Dental Emergencies and Remedies
Here are some of the most common emergencies our office sees and some actions you can take to make you more comfortable until you can see your dentist.
My Dental Crown Came Off
This emergency can be associated with tooth pain when faced with cold temperatures or no pain at all (often crowned teeth have had a root canal therapy). Regardless of pain. It is best to temporarily re-cement your dental crown until you can see your dentist, as teeth can begin shifting very quickly. Most stores will sell some temporary cement in the oral health section, but in a pinch, you can use Fixodent, Polygrip, or toothpaste. Do not use superglue, as it can be impossible to remove should you put it on incorrectly, and the dentist needs to make sure there is no cavity that leaked under your crown. Try the crown on first to make sure you get the proper orientation. After temporarily cementing it, avoid chewy foods until you see your dentist.
My Filling Fell Out
This emergency is typically associated with added sensitivity to cold and sweets. The pharmacy sells temporary filling material you can place over an exposed tooth.
My Chipped Tooth is Very Sharp Now
Orthodontic wax can be placed over any sharp areas. Alternatively, a temporary filling can help cover sharp areas.
My Tooth is Broken/Knocked Out
Immediately place the tooth or the fragment of tooth in milk or saliva (be careful not to swallow) and call the dentist immediately, as this type of treatment has the greatest success rate if completed within 20 minutes. Do NOT wash or scrub the tooth or fragments, as you could damage the ligaments that aid in reattachment.
I Have a Swollen Face
Place an ice pack on the side of your face. NEVER use heat; if the swelling is due to infection, the problem could worsen. Take ibuprofen to help reduce swelling and see your dentist immediately. Often times, an antibiotic can be used to decrease the spread of swollenness until you can be seen. Swishing with salt water can also help.
I have a Burn/Sore in My Mouth
Apply Orabase over-the-counter cream and swish with saltwater. Typically, burns and sores heal within 7-10 days.
I Have a Toothache
Take ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), or Acetaminophen (Tylenol) and avoid hot or cold foods. A warm saltwater rinse can clean the area. If the pain is accompanied by swelling, use an ice pack, an over-the-counter cream, or gel containing benzocaine. DO NOT place aspirin on the area, it contains acid and can cause burns.