Emergency Dental Care in Erie, PA
Dental emergencies can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere, and especially to those who are active in sports. If you have a dental emergency in the Erie area, the dental team at Community Health Net is on call to do their very best to see you as soon as possible. While every case is unique, we will work diligently to keep your emergency visit as pain-free and comfortable as possible. Our dentists are members of the American Dental Association and have extensive experience handling emergency dental cases. Give us a call to schedule an appointment at Community Health Net Dental, Dr. Nicholas Hosu Dental Suite, or John Horan Gardens Dental Office.
When To Call an Emergency Dentist
Delaying or ignoring a dental situation should never be an option. If you put off dental pain, whether it be major or minor, it can have a significant effect on your overall health. Common signs that you should call Community Health Net for an emergency situation include:
- Broken or cracked teeth
- Knocked out teeth
- Loss of filling or restoration (crown or bridge)
- Gum Abscesses
- Swelling in your tongue, gums, or mouth
- Severe pain and/or bleeding for a prolonged period of time
What to Do If a Tooth is Dislodged
If your tooth has been dislodged, it is important to see a dentist within 30 minutes of the incident. The longer you wait to see a dentist, the more likely your tooth will not be saved. Never pick up your tooth by the roots, gently pick up your dislodged tooth by the crown and rinse it with milk. On your way to the dentist, it is recommended you keep your tooth in a cup of milk or in your cheek until you arrive at the dentist. Keeping the tooth moist is important as it prevents the tooth from drying out.
Following treatment after a dental emergency, it is important to schedule a follow-up appointment with your dentist to assess your recovery. During your follow-up visit, your dentist will thoroughly discuss the next steps and instructions for self-care going forward. Post-operative instructions vary depending on the condition treated, however, it is important to follow your dentist’s instructions to help prevent unnecessary pain, bleeding, and a prolonged recovery. We advise all patients to continue their annual dental examinations, including x-rays to monitor possible damage and dental cleanings.
Schedule an Emergency Dental Appointment
If you are not a current patient at Community Health Net, do not hesitate to call us as we are here to help. To avoid dental emergencies, we recommend that everyone stay up to date on their dental checkups and continue good oral hygiene practices at home. If you are experiencing a dental emergency that needs immediate attention, call your preferred dental location directly. We see dental patients from across the Erie area including Girard, Conneaut, Northeast, Edinboro, and Ripley.