Emergency Dentist in Philadelphia
Your comfort is our top priority. When you are here in the office with us, we provide you with gentle care, and when you are at home struggling with tooth pain, we are just a phone call away.
At the office of Debra V. Irvin, DDS, we always allow time in our schedule for emergency patients. Facing a dental emergency is difficult enough, and we want to make sure you get the relief you need. Our goal is to get you out of pain as quickly as possible so you can get the relief you need and get on with your life.
How Do I Know if I Have an Emergency?
For many people, the first sign that they have a dental emergency is pain. Whatever problem is causing the pain needs to be taken care of immediately – not just for your oral health, but to provide you with immediate relief.
If you have a painful dental problem, please call us as soon as possible. Dr. Irvin will listen to your concern and tell you how to handle the situation until we can see you. We have listed some common dental emergencies along with advice on how to deal with them until you can get to our office.
Common Dental Emergencies
Note: If you have a serious injury that affects your face or jaw or has caused you to lose consciousness, please go to an emergency room or call 911.
Toothache – Many dental emergencies start with tooth pain. A toothache is a sign that something serious is happening with your teeth. You can usually get temporary relief with ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin). Applying a cold pack on and off every 20 minutes can also be helpful.
Lost Crown or Filling – If a crown comes off, we need to take steps to protect the tooth. Call us first, and then you can try to put the crown back in place using temporary dental cement purchased at the local drug store. In many cases, we can save the crown. We probably cannot replace a lost filling, but we need to protect the tooth, so call us right away.
Tooth Knocked Out – This is a common injury, especially if you play sports like soccer, basketball, and baseball. We know this is an upsetting experience, but we urge you to stay calm and try to place the tooth back in its socket. Do not touch the root of the tooth! If you can’t easily replace the tooth, keep it moist in a cup of water, milk, or even saliva until you can get to our office. We can often save the tooth if you act quickly.
Tooth Extractions – We will never extract a tooth until we have exhausted all other options for treatment. However, if your emergency involves removing a tooth, you can be confident that Dr. Irvin has all the skill and experience necessary to perform safe, comfortable extractions right here at our office.
Call Us to Get the Relief You Need!
If you suspect you have an emergency, please call us right away at (215) 329-5512. We would rather you call us than spend a moment longer than necessary in pain.
If you contact us during regular business hours, Dr. Irvin will arrange to see you as quickly as possible. After hours, please call our main number to leave a message and follow the instructions for dental emergencies.