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Emergency Dental Care

Serving Patients in South Hills of Pittsburgh, including Upper St. Clair, Bethel, Mount Lebanon and Surrounding Areas

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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.

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.