Joel R. Koch, DDS
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Emergency Dentistry

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Dental Frequent Questions | Joes R Koch DDSWe believe that we can provide the highest quality dentistry when our patients are an active part of the decision-making process. Answering your questions isn't just a courtesy—it gives us an opportunity to explain things to you in such a way that you feel confident about the information you're receiving and what it means to you and the direction of your oral health care. No question is too small, and the only silly question is the one that goes unasked. 

We've shared a few of the questions we hear most often below. You probably have plenty of your own, though, so please don't ever hesitate to contact our West Chester dental office, and we'll find the answers you're looking for.

Emergency Dentistry

At Joel R. Koch, DDS, we treat dental emergencies as quickly as possible, even setting aside time in our schedule. During the COVID-19 pandemic, in fact, we remained open to emergencies. Your emergency dentist in West Chester never wants to see his patients in pain or risking their smiles.

Your emergency dental appointment is designed to relieve your pain and restore your oral health. When you contact a member of our compassionate team, you’ll receive instructions about what to do until your appointment time. For example, if your tooth was knocked out, we typically suggest keeping it in a glass of milk or saliva. With prompt treatment, your dentist can often reset this tooth.

In some cases, we complete treatment during your emergency visit, but sometimes we relieve your pain, eliminate any risk, and finish the work during a follow-up appointment.

Symptoms of a dental emergency may include one or more of the following:

  • Toothache or increased tooth sensitivity
  • Jaw swelling
  • Gum blister
  • Broken tooth or restoration
  • Tooth or restoration knocked out

If ever you’re in doubt, we encourage you to contact our dental office for reassurance and guidance.

For dental emergencies in West Chester, or if you have concerns about your teeth, contact a member of our compassionate dental staff today.

Dental emergencies tend to happen when we least expect or when it is inconvenient—before an event, for example.

A dental emergency in West Chester, OH can mean anything from severe tooth decay to root infection, from a broken tooth or restoration to a tooth knocked out. There are too many scenarios to imagine them all, which is why we always encourage you to contact us if you’re unsure.

As far as prevention, there are steps you can take to avoid future dental emergencies.

First, make sure to see your dentist in West Chester twice yearly for dental exams and teeth cleanings. These proactive services help prevent cavities, root infection, and gum disease.

Second, make sure to brush and floss your teeth at least two times every day.

Third, if you have bruxism, be sure to wear a nightguard during sleep.

Fourth, never use your teeth as a tool to open a bottle or similar undertaking.

Finally, always wear protective face gear like a mouthguard when participating in contact sports.

If you have a dental emergency in West Chester, we are here to treat the problem promptly to restore your oral health and comfort.  Reach out to a team member at the first sign of trouble.

We make time in our schedule to address dental emergencies as soon as possible—typically, the same day. If you have a dental emergency in West Chester, OH, we encourage you to contact our dental office as soon as possible; waiting and hoping for the best can put your oral health at risk and even compromise your systemic wellness.

There are all types of dental emergencies, but the most common is probably root infection or deep decay, which may cause swelling and a powerful toothache.

If you have a toothache and swelling, it is a dental emergency because this means you likely have an infection. Untreated infections can spread and compromise your tooth, the surrounding teeth, and even other body systems.

Other ways you can tell you have a dental emergency is through mouth trauma that results in the following:

  • Tooth or restoration knocked out or knocked loose
  • Injury to the soft tissue
  • Ongoing bleeding

If you experience trauma outside the tooth and gum area, it is important to seek emergency medical care promptly. You can contact our dental office from the emergency room after you’ve been declared safe.

We are here for your dental emergencies. If you’re unsure whether your situation is an emergency, contact our dental office.

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