The Philadelphia Dentist
Lee Schriftman, DDS

All You Need to Know About Emergency Tooth Extraction

January 2, 2023
Posted By: Dr. Lee Schriftman

Toothaches, oral injuries, and infections can be scary, but the team at The Philadelphia Dentist is always here for you. In fact, we are open seven days a week and see dental emergencies on the same day.

And we offer gentle, compassionate care to make your emergency dental visit as seamless and straightforward as possible. Our team has a lot of experience with emergency dental visits, and we know how to make you feel at ease.

Reasons You Might Need Emergency Tooth Extraction in Philadelphia

In most cases, extraction is a last resort unless it's troublesome wisdom tooth removal. But, of course, if you prefer extraction over saving the tooth, we hold no judgments. We simply want to ease your pain and get you back to living your best life.

There are various reasons you might need an emergency tooth extraction in Philadelphia, including but not limited to the following:

  • Deep tooth decay and crumbling
  • Tooth breakage below the gumline
  • Infected or impacted wisdom tooth
  • Root canal failure
  • Severe gum disease
  • Oral injury

No matter the reason, your Philadelphia dentist numbs the extraction site with powerful anesthesia and relies on image-guided technology for precision. Then, after extracting your tooth, we provide aftercare instructions to promote fast healing. And we are here for you during your recovery; just a phone call away if you have questions or concerns.

After Tooth Extraction

For a few days after extraction, we recommend not smoking. Smoking slows down healing and prolongs your recovery. You should also avoid drinking through a straw for the first 24 hours because it can dislodge the healing clot over the extraction site.

You can rinse your mouth with warm salt water but avoid spitting to keep the healing clot in place. Letting the water drain from your mouth and into the basin is better.

If you notice minor bleeding, it is best to bite on sterile gauze to stop the light flow gently.

We also recommend not chewing on the extraction site for a few days and limiting your food to soft selections that don't require chewing:

  • Creamed soups
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Pureed veggies
  • Low-fat yogurt

For an emergency wisdom tooth extraction, we may offer additional instructions for your recovery or recommend a soft diet for longer.

If you have minor pain and swelling, we suggest Ibuprofen if you're medically able to take it.

When Your Tooth Can Be Saved

If the tooth is not broken below the gumline and the infection is treatable, your dentist will talk to you about saving the tooth. For a fractured tooth that is not infected, we typically prepare it for a dental crown. A dental crown is a custom tooth-shaped cover that fits over the tooth to protect it and keep your smile intact.

We can clear the infection through root canal therapy if the tooth canal is infected. We clean the canal and seal it temporarily. We will fit the tooth with a dental crown at a future visit.  

Tooth Replacement Options

Tooth extraction does not have to mean the end of your smile. After you've recovered from your emergency tooth extraction, the dentist can talk to you about replacing the tooth.

Tooth replacement is essential because it keeps your smile intact and prevents oral health issues like tooth migration and jawbone loss.

We offer the following tooth replacement options:

Other Dental Emergencies

We treat a wide range of dental emergencies in Philadelphia, including:

  • Oral injury
  • Tooth infection
  • Jaw swelling
  • Broken tooth or restoration
  • Knocked out tooth or restoration

Sometimes we can save a tooth that has been knocked out—resetting it into the gum—if you keep it in a water container until your dental visit.

If you suspect your oral health issue is a dental emergency but aren't sure, contact one of our knowledgeable team members for guidance.

And remember, if you've been in an accident or sustained trauma, you must visit the ER first and contact us after you've been assessed. We want you to be safe!

Lowering Your Risks

Regular dental care checkups and teeth cleanings every six months can lower your risks for tooth infections and deep decay. You should also brush and floss after every meal or no less than twice daily.

If you compete in sports, be sure to wear your mouthguard! And always report oral health issues to your dentist before they become dental emergencies. Our dental team never wants to see you in pain or at risk for tooth loss.

Contact Your Emergency Dentist in Philadelphia, PA

If you have a toothache or other dental emergency, we want to hear from you as soon as possible. A team member can assess your symptoms and arrange a visit with one of our emergency dentists.

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