Dental emergencies happen. But what counts as a dental emergency, and what can wait? If you do have an emergency, is there anything you can do about it right now? At Always About Smiles, we are here to help in any situation. After all, we’re not just a dentist team — we’re your neighbors. You are welcome to contact us at (484) 403-0099 as soon as possible to discuss how to handle an emergency.
What Are Dental Emergencies?
When it comes to immediate dental problems, many people want relief and help but don’t want to look needy or concerned about something small. If you are unsure if your problem would be considered an emergency or not, you are not alone. But the worst thing you can do is ignore the problem. We would much rather speak to someone who doesn’t have an emergency than miss a chance to help. While every situation is unique, here are some cases that are definitely dental emergencies:
- Your adult tooth has been knocked loose.
- Your adult tooth has fallen out for any reason.
- Place tooth in milk and call for an immediate appointment.
- Your tooth has been damaged, such as being cracked or broken. (Even if this is a primary or “baby” tooth.)
- Your gums have been cut, damaged, or are bleeding.
- You have strong pain or extreme discomfort.
- You have swelling
- You have extreme hot/cold sweet sensitivity
What To Do When You Have A Dental Emergency
If you have any of the above symptoms, please call us immediately at (484) 403-0099. We can usually see emergency patients the same day, and in case you call outside of our normal business hours, Dr. Lambert’s number is on our voicemail message. Until you can be seen, here are some steps you can take now.
- If you are bleeding, use pressure to stop it. If the bleeding cannot be stopped, please visit your nearest emergency room immediately.
- If a tooth has come loose, leave it alone as much as possible.
- If a tooth has come out, try placing the tooth back in the socket until you can be seen. If this won’t work, place the tooth in milk and bring it to your appointment.
- Do not touch the root (bottom) of any tooth.
Remember that time is important. The sooner you get dental treatment, the more likely your tooth can be saved. Plus, we can take care of any pain or discomfort that much quicker.
How Do I Make An Emergency Appointment?If you have a dental emergency, or if you are unsure if your case counts as an emergency, call our Bethlehem office at (484) 403-0099 as soon as possible. Our staff will answer any of your questions to ensure you get the care you need. Same-day appointments for emergencies are made whenever possible.
How Do I Make A Non-Emergency Appointment?
Even if you are not having an emergency, we are happy to see you. Please contact our office at (484) 403-0099 or fill out our short online form. A member of our staff will be happy to help find a date and time that works with your schedule. Emergency or not, we are here to help.