Emergency Dentistry – Uniontown, PA
Dental Care You Can Always Rely On
When you’re in the middle of a dental emergency, whether it’s a painful toothache or knocked out tooth, the last thing you want to do is waste time looking up an emergency dentist. That’s why we recommend putting Dr. Witek’s number in your phone right now. This way, should you or a loved one ever need immediate dental care, you know who to call. Our team will be ready to help right away over the phone and will schedule you for an appointment as soon as possible so you can quickly put your emergency behind you.
Why Choose Dr. Edward Witek
for Emergency Dentistry?
- Same-Day Emergency Appointments for Patients in Pain
- 40+ Years of Dental Emergency Experience
- Master of the Academy of General Dentistry
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
It can be easy to panic during a dental emergency, especially if it concerns your child, but you only need to do one thing: call our office. We’ll be able to guide you from there and ensure you’re able to see Dr. Witek straightaway. In the meantime, there are a few things you can do to reduce any pain or damage and give us the best chance of saving a tooth…
After rinsing and flossing around the hurting tooth, go ahead and take an OTC medication. If there is swelling, place a cold compress on the cheek for 10-minute intervals. Some sites recommend putting aspirin directly on the gums, but do NOT do this, as it can damage the delicate tissues.
Chipped/ Broken Teeth
Have the person gently rinse out their mouth, and try to find as many pieces of the tooth that you can. Put them in a safe container and remember to bring them to our office. Use a cold compress to help with pain and swelling, and be sure to cover the tooth with some sugarless gum or dental wax (found at any pharmacy) to ensure it doesn’t injure the inside of the mouth.
Find the tooth, give it a quick rinse with water, and place it under the tongue. This will help preserve the tooth until we can see you. It’s possible to replant a knocked-out permanent tooth, but only if we see you within an hour or so of the incident, so be sure to move quickly in this situation!
Lost Filling/ Crown
Can you find the restoration? If so, try to place it back onto the tooth, securing it with a bit of toothpaste if needed. This is only a temporary fix, and you should still come see us to get a full repair. If the restoration is completely lost or broken, cover the tooth with some sugarless gum or dental cement, and avoid chewing with it.
How to Prevent
Preventing an emergency is always preferable to having it treated, and thankfully, there are a few simple things you and your loved ones can start doing immediately to keep your teeth safe:
- Wear a mouthguard every time you participate in sports.
- Don’t wear down your teeth by chewing on items like ice, pens, pencils, fingernails, etc.
- Always use scissors instead of your teeth to open packages.
- Keep up with your twice a year checkups so we can catch small problems before they turn into emergencies later.
Cost of Treating
The treatment we recommend for a dental emergency will depend on the type and severity of someone’s problem, so the cost will be different from person to person. The one consistent thing, however, is that seeking out treatment right away is always the best approach. By acting quickly, you enable our team to address an issue before it becomes more complicated and causes even more discomfort, and this will likely allow us to use a more affordable treatment to address it.