In the event of a dental emergency, call Oxford Family Dentistry. Dr. Stefan Speck is an emergency dentist in Oxford, PA who provides patients with prompt dental treatment. Emergency dental care provides general dental solutions to patients in order to stop their immediate problems and prevent further oral health issues.
We want our patients to contact our office as soon as possible if they have a dental emergency. Treating these oral health problems sooner than later also alleviates pain and discomfort.
Top Dental Emergencies
The most common dental emergencies that Dr. Speck and his dental team treat include:
- Knocked-Out Permanent Tooth: Try to retrieve your lost tooth and hold it by its crown. Place it in a cup of cold milk to keep it moist for transport to our office. We may be able to reattach the tooth if it is preserved. If the tooth cannot be reattached, we will recommend a dental implant. Dental implants restore teeth at the root and look and feel just like natural teeth.
- Tooth Pain: Severe toothaches can have a variety of causes including tooth decay, gum disease, TMJ disorders, or a dental injury. Please contact our dental office as soon as possible so we can find the root problem of your tooth pain. We will work with you to find the most effective dental solution for your needs.
- Broken Dental Restorations: Dr. Speck can treat patients with broken dental bridges, dentures, and crowns. Please do not try to fix your restoration if it has just broken. You may injure your teeth or gums further. Contact Dr. Speck’s office and he will provide you with a temporary restoration while he helps you plan your permanent restoration.
- Dental Injuries: If you have just chipped, cracked, or broken a tooth, rinse your mouth with water. If your tooth is bleeding, apply pressure to it with a cloth. Call our dental office and we can help stop the bleeding and plan dental bonding, porcelain veneer, or dental crown treatment.
- Object Stuck Between Teeth: Gently floss between your teeth to try and dislodge the object. Do not try any other methods of removal as this can damage your tooth enamel. Contact your office if you cannot remove an object from between your teeth. We have special dental tools that can help.
- Excessive Bleeding: If your gums bleed when you brush or floss between your teeth, you have gingivitis. Although gingivitis is not a dental emergency, it can quickly develop into gum disease. However, excessive bleeding, particularly following a dental procedure, is abnormal. Following a procedure such as a tooth extraction, the extraction site may continue bleeding for several more hours. But if a blood clot has not formed at the site and keeps bleeding, call our office. Excessive bleeding is abnormal and often a sign of a bigger problem.
What do dentists classify as a dental emergency?
A dental emergency is any situation in which a patient needs immediate attention from a dentist to prevent further damage or pain. Dental emergencies can range from serious injuries such as a cracked or broken tooth, lost filling, or knocked-out tooth to mild issues like toothaches or bleeding gums.
What is the most common dental emergency?
The most common dental emergency is a toothache. A toothache may happen due to various issues, such as tooth decay, an abscessed tooth or infection, or even trauma from an injury. It is essential to seek treatment immediately if you are experiencing severe pain to prevent further damage and discomfort.
What should I do if I have severe tooth pain?
If you experience severe tooth pain, the first step is to contact your dentist as soon as possible. If it is after hours and you cannot reach a dentist, call an emergency room for advice on what steps to take next. Additionally, if swelling or bleeding in your mouth is related to the pain, seek medical attention immediately.
Can the ER pull an infected tooth?
Emergency rooms do not have the equipment to pull an infected tooth. In most cases, the ER will provide pain relief and antibiotics to help manage the infection until you can see a dentist for further treatment. Pulling an infected tooth requires specialized tools and experience only a dentist can provide.
Can an emergency dentist remove wisdom teeth?
Yes, an emergency dentist can remove wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth often require extraction to prevent the spread of infection and pain. An emergency dentist can perform this procedure quickly and safely. Additionally, some emergency dentists provide sedation for your comfort during the treatment.
Do emergency dentists perform root canals?
Yes, emergency dentists do perform root canals. Root canals are a standard dental procedure used to treat infection or decay in the nerve of a tooth. An emergency dentist can quickly and safely perform this procedure to help reduce pain and prevent further damage.
Schedule a Dental Appointment Today
Call Oxford Family Dentistry for prompt emergency dental treatment at 610.753.4506. If you do not have a dental emergency, request a dental consultation with Dr. Speck online.