Dental Emergencies


Dental Emergencies in Hanover & Gettysburg

Even with proper oral care, unexpected accidents can lead to dental emergencies. Here at Littlestown Dental Associates, we specialize in emergency dental care designed to restore your smile promptly. Our dedicated team prioritizes scheduling your emergency procedure on the same day or within 48 hours to alleviate any discomfort you have as fast as possible.

Conveniently located in Littlestown, we proudly extend our services to the surrounding Gettysburg and Hanover areas for urgent dental needs. Our skilled dentist works efficiently to understand your concerns and swiftly address your emergency with precision and care. We are committed to delivering the quality emergency dental treatment you deserve. If you are looking for an emergency dentist in Littlestown, call our office today!


What Is a Dental Emergency?

A dental emergency is a sudden and severe dental issue that demands immediate attention from our dentist. Situations such as intense toothaches, knocked-out or cracked teeth, significant gum swelling or bleeding, or mouth or jaw injuries require urgent care to relieve pain, prevent further damage, or save a tooth. Dental emergencies can arise from accidents, infections, or pre-existing dental conditions. Seeking prompt treatment from our dentist is vital to ensure proper care and prevent complications.

Our Emergency Dental Care

When you initially call our office with your dental emergency, our team will do everything possible to see you in the office and get started on your care the same day. Our dentist will listen to your description of symptoms, examine the affected area, and take x-rays or other diagnostic tests to determine the extent of the problem. We will work quickly to diagnose the problem and alleviate any pain you are experiencing.

If you need emergency care after hours, you can call our dentist, who will give you instructions on properly caring for your tooth until our staff contact you for an appointment the next morning.

How Can I Prevent a Dental Emergency?

Our team has the experience to care for your dental emergency with quality care you can trust. Although some dental emergencies may be unpreventable, there are ways to minimize your chances of needing emergency dental care. Some steps you can take to prevent a dental emergency include:

  • Wear Protective Gear: If you play contact sports or engage in activities with a dental injury risk, wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth and mouth from impact.
  • Maintain Good Oral Hygiene: Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss daily to remove plaque and bacteria that can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.
  • Regular Dental Checkups: Visit our dentist for regular checkups and cleanings to detect potential issues early and address them before they become emergencies.
  • Use Tools, Not Teeth: Don't use your teeth as tools to open bottles, tear packages, or bite off tags, as this can lead to chips, cracks, or other damage.
  • Practice Safe Oral Habits: Avoid nail-biting, teeth-grinding, and tobacco use, as these can damage your teeth and gums over time.

Dental Emergency FAQ

Our team understands having a dental emergency can be scary and painful, and we aim to alleviate any pain and fears you may have by providing you with quality care you can rely on. Our dentists understand you may have questions regarding your dental emergency, and we are happy to answer any questions that arise. Common questions regarding dental emergencies are:

Is a severe toothache considered a dental emergency?
A severe toothache can be a dental emergency, especially if it's accompanied by swelling, fever, or difficulty swallowing. It could indicate an underlying infection or abscess that requires immediate attention from our dentist to prevent further complications. You should always talk to our dentist if you're experiencing even mild tooth pain so we can rule out a dental emergency or take action if needed.

What should I do if my tooth gets knocked out?
If your tooth gets knocked out, handle it carefully by the top and avoid touching the root. If it's dirty, rinse it gently with water, but do not scrub or remove any attached tissue. If possible, try to reinsert the tooth into its socket or store it in milk or saliva until you can see our dentist. Contact our office immediately, as there's a higher chance of saving the tooth if it's reimplanted within the first hour.

Can a dental emergency affect my overall health?
Yes, untreated dental emergencies can potentially affect your overall health. If left untreated, infections or abscesses in the mouth can spread to other parts of the body, leading to serious complications such as sepsis or systemic infections. You must contact our office immediately during a dental emergency to get proper care from our team.

Experienced Emergency Dentistry in Hanover & Gettysburg

If you are experiencing a dental emergency, the experienced team at Littlestown Dental Associates is ready to help. Our priority is getting you in our office and out of pain as fast as possible. We provide quality care for a variety of dental emergencies to ensure you are smiling again. If you have a dental emergency, don't hesitate to call our office!


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