Emergency Dentistry – Camp Hill, PA
Don’t Wait on Urgent Care: Call Us!
When a dental emergency strikes, it can be difficult to focus on anything else. If your tooth has been knocked out or you have dental pain you can’t explain, you shouldn’t have to manage the situation on your own. Instead, call a professional like Dr. Singh, who can pinpoint the cause of your discomfort. Got a dental infection as a result of unremoved decay? Suffered a dental injury while playing sports? Don’t debate on whether you should call. Get in touch with us as soon as possible!
Why Choose Rina Singh, DDS for Emergency Dentistry?
- Multiple Comfort Amenities
- Sedation Dentistry Available
- Same-Day Crown Technology In-House
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
Even when experiencing a common dental emergency, you should still give us a call as soon as it occurs. Not only can you get scheduled for an appointment sooner, but you can receive expert advice from our knowledgeable team members. Until you do arrive, there are a few things you can do to better manage your situation. If you have questions about a different type of dental emergency, we’ll do whatever we can to help ahead of your emergency appointment.
Use dental floss to gently remove any food debris from in between your teeth. If discomfort continues, take an over-the-counter painkiller like ibuprofen to reduce discomfort ahead of your appointment. If swelling appears, apply a cold compress to your cheek for about 10 minutes, then remove for an additional 10 minutes.
Keep any pieces of your tooth that you can and have them with you when you visit. If bleeding is present, apply pressure to the damaged area to stop the bleeding. If bleeding does not stop after about 15 minutes, go to the emergency room. We will likely need to place a crown over the tooth depending on the severity of the fracture.
Locate the tooth and pick it up by the crown (top) portion only. Do not touch the root or remove any tissue still attached. After rinsing it gently with cool water, place it back into your open socket for preservation. Alternatively, you can keep it in milk or saltwater for up to one hour.
Most lost fillings will need to be replaced. In the meantime, you can use dental cement to cover the exposed portion of your damaged tooth. If you still have the crown after it has come off, use dental cement, denture adhesive, or sugarless chewing gum (only as a last resort) to reseat the crown temporarily.
Patients dread the words “root canal,” but when done right, root canal therapy provides immediate relief to the severe toothache that necessitates it. Root canal therapy begins by placing a small hole through the top of the tooth down to the inner, pulp layer. The pulp layer of teeth houses the nerve system of the tooth, and when decay or damage reaches this layer, the pain can be significant. In order to restore the tooth to full health, we remove the pulp layer through the access hole, refill the tooth, and seal the hole shut. In some cases, we may recommend the placement of a dental crown to protect the root canal treated tooth.
In most cases, we partner with patients to prevent tooth loss, but there are certain situations where tooth extraction is actually the best option to ensure patients’ overall oral health. When this is true, we work hard to provide effective, pain-free extraction to preserve remaining healthy teeth. Some of the situations where extraction may be the right solution include:
- Severe decay that may affect surrounding teeth or gums
- Severe damage that could damage opposing or surrounding teeth
- In preparation for orthodontic treatment, we may extract one or more teeth
- Prior to the creation and placement of partial and full dentures, one or more teeth may need to be removed
Wisdom Tooth Extractions
The most commonly extracted teeth are the third set of molars to erupt in patients’ smiles. Sometimes referred to as wisdom teeth, there is often not enough space within patients’ jawlines to accommodate this final set of molars. Typically around the age of eleven, we perform a wisdom tooth evaluation. Using diagnostic X-rays, we examine the underlying structures of patients’ teeth to determine whether the developing wisdom teeth are likely to cause concerns. If it looks as though crowding, dental shifting, or impaction may result from the eruption of wisdom teeth, we may recommend extraction.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
While dental emergencies can come out of nowhere, that does not mean you can’t avoid most of them by simply practicing a few key preventive steps. For example, you should always:
- Brush twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste
- Floss at least once a day
- Use the right tool for the job (and never your teeth)
- Wear protective mouthguards when playing sports
- Visit us once every six months for a routine checkup
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
The best way to know how much your dental emergency will cost is to get the issue examined by a professional. For example, Dr. Singh can confirm whether tooth pain is the cause of a cavity or something more serious, such as a dental infection. These problems come with their own unique treatment costs, which will be discussed in more detail before any procedure begins. Keep in mind that we’ll do everything possible to make your care fit within your budget.