Emergency Dental Care
Need Emergency Dental Care? Dr. Mondock is there for Your Entire Family!
Toothaches don’t abide by the need to schedule an appointment. Neither do abscessed teeth, lost fillings, or other dental emergencies.
At Dr. David Mondock, DMD, Family Dentistry, we always keep space in our schedule specifically for your emergency needs. If, for any reason, we cannot see you in a reasonable period of time, we’ll help you find someone who can.
Emergency needs aren’t always about toothaches. You may need to be seen quickly for:
- Broken tooth
- Loose or missing filling
- Abscessed or infected tooth
- Dry Socket – pain following extraction
- Tooth root infection, which may need a root canal
Don’t wait! Call Dr. David Mondock, DMD, at 724-925-6816 so we can set up the earliest possible appointment and advise you as to the best course of action to relieve pain and save your tooth.
Soothing the Ache with Sedative Fillings
Your tooth is throbbing from inflammation. You dread the idea of anyone poking at it.
Don’t worry! In such cases, Dr. Mondock’s emergency dental care will begin with a sedative filling.
Sedative fillings contain a mild pain reliever combined with zinc oxide. This is applied directly to the inflamed area where it protects, soothes the pain, and disinfects the region.
Although sedative fillings are temporary, they provide relief and reduce inflammation preparing the area for the appropriate dental procedure.
What to Do and Not to Do Before Your Emergency Appointment
Although Dr. Mondock will try to see you as soon as possible, there are things you can do right at home. Taking the correct actions will make the wait easier and enable Dr. Mondock to treat you more efficiently.
- Rinse your mouth with warm water
- Cap a lost filling with a piece of sugarless gum
- Apply gauze gently to stop any bleeding
- Place a cold compress on the outside of your mouth to reduce swelling
- Rinse a knocked out tooth in cold water. Call Dr. Mondock immediately. The best chance of saving a knocked out tooth is if care is given within an hour
- Tylenol or Advil are recommended for pain relief. Don’t exceed recommended doses.
- Clove oil (available at your drug store) swabbed on the sensitive area can numb pain.
- Don’t apply aspirin to the area. This may damage the gums.
- Don’t use a sharp object or pin to remove items caught between your teeth.
- Don’t exceed recommended dosage on pain relievers.
- Don’t put off calling! Especially in cases of knocked out teeth or bad infection, speedy treatment is crucial.
Whenever possible, call Dr. David Mondock, DMD, Family Dentistry before taking any action. We’ll be happy to advise you as to the best choices and give you the soonest possible appointment.