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 Edward L. Witek, Jr., DMD, MAGD'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 pain behind you with emergency dentistry in Uniontown, PA.
Why Choose Edward L. Witek, Jr., DMD, MAGD
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 dental 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 dental 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.
Emergency Dentistry FAQs
Are you worried about what would happen if you experienced a dental emergency? No matter what, you can always count on our team at Edward L. Witek, Jr., DMD, MAGD to be there for you in your time of need. We’ll provide you with over-the-phone guidance and schedule an appointment for you the same day if you’re in pain. For more information on what to do in case of a dental emergency, we’ve provided some answers for common questions that we receive below.
Is dental sensitivity a sign of a bigger problem?
Sensitive teeth can be caused by a variety of underlying issues. However, it isn’t always a sign that you need to visit an emergency dentist, especially if it’s short-term discomfort, like when you eat something that’s hot or cold. This is often a sign of enamel erosion, which can leave your teeth vulnerable to oral health problems like cavities. To help combat this, you can use special oral hygiene products designed to help strengthen enamel and provide relief for dental sensitivity. If you feel as though you’ve tried everything and you’re still in pain, it may be necessary to contact our office and schedule a checkup with your dentist in Uniontown.
How do I know if I need a root canal?
Root canals are often used to treat tooth infections that are hidden in the inner chamber of teeth, where your sensitive pulp is located. That’s why one of the most common signs of this issue is a severe toothache that keeps you up at night. Although root canal therapy has a reputation of being painful, that isn’t true. Dr. Witek makes sure that the process is virtually painless by administering a local anesthetic before he begins the treatment, making the area completely numb.
The best way to learn whether you require a root canal is to visit our office for an examination.
What medications are best for toothaches?
If you have a severe toothache, it’s best to avoid aspirin whenever possible, because it could cause your gums to burn if it comes into direct contact with them. Instead, try using an over-the-counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen, or place a cold compress on your cheek to help provide you with cooling relief.
How do I know whether to visit an emergency dentist or the ER?
If you’re unsure of whether you should visit an ER or your emergency dentist in Uniontown, be sure to contact our office. We’ll let you know whether it sounds like you require medical attention before we can address your dental needs. Typically, if you have a broken or fractured jaw, are having difficulty breathing or swallowing, or may need stitches due to a deep facial laceration, you’ll need to visit the emergency room first.