Gentle Dental of West Chester
125 Turner Lane, West Chester, PA 19380

An Untreated Dental Emergency Can Lead to an Unfavorable Outcome

Dental Emergencies

Dental pain is a sign that something is wrong. Whether it is the development of a cavity, the early stages of gum disease, or a trauma such as an abscess or knocked-out tooth, it needs to be addressed right away by a dentist in West Chester. Most dentists build time into their daily schedules for emergency dental care, but there are short-term treatments—like cold compresses and over-the-counter pain medications—that will ease discomfort until you can see an emergency dentist. Don’t think that just because your pain subsides or becomes tolerable that you should leave the issue untreated. The problem will only get worse and can cost you in more ways than one.

Dental Pain – Many factors—including non-dental issues—can cause dental pain. They include migraine headaches, sinusitis, TMJ, and myofascial inflammation. Find an affordable dentist in West Chester who will identify the source of your dental pain.

A dentist can treat pain caused by the following:

  • Abscess
  • Tooth decay
  • Gum disease
  • Inflamed pulp
  • Knocked-out teeth
  • Dislodged teeth
  • Missing fillings and crowns
  • Broken braces

Dental Trauma – Dental trauma is common, with children being affected the most often. A large number of children sustain damage to their permanent teeth before the age of thirteen. Injuries to the teeth and mouth include fractures, loosening, or a tooth being knocked out of its socket.

It is crucial to get help quickly in a dental emergency to minimize damage and prevent further injury. An emergency dentist in West Chester will examine the mouth, focusing on potential soft tissue damage requiring stitches; signs of loose, displaced, or fractured teeth; and changes to the bite.

Following emergency dental care, it is important to follow up with your dentist for long-term treatment, if required. A dental emergency that results in pulp death, root problems, or displacement of permanent teeth will need to be monitored carefully by your dental care professional.

Preventing a Dental Emergency – Proper dental care can help to prevent a painful dental emergency. You can reduce the incidence of tooth decay and gum disease by brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, and limiting the amount of sugar-filled and starch-heavy foods you eat. You can lower the likelihood of a dental emergency if you use scissors instead of your teeth to cut tape; avoid eating hard candy, popcorn kernels, and chewing ice; wear a mouth guard during sports activities; and have regular dental care by an affordable dentist in West Chester.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in West Chester, call Gentle Dental of West Chester today at (484) 643-4417 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in West Chester. With 14 affiliated practices in the Greater Philadelphia area, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental of West Chester, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Gentle Dental of West Chester. 

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