Drs. Finkelman & Machlus, DDS
1755 Old York Road, Abington, PA 19001

5 Tips for Dealing with a Dental Emergency

Dental Emergencies

Pain is a signal that something is wrong. Damage to your teeth and gums are serious and should not be ignored. Even if you think you are tough enough to live with the pain, the problem doesn’t simply disappear. Find an emergency dentist or call your dentist in Abington. Most dentists build time into their schedules to accommodate a dental emergency. If you are worried about visiting an emergency dentist due to financial concerns, ask about a payment plan or find an affordable dentist who offers payment options. Whatever you do, don’t let the problem go untreated, since a dental emergency can lead to more serious issues or more expensive dental care procedures in the future.

There are precautions you can take to avoid accident and injury to your teeth, including wearing a mouthguard during participation in sports or recreational activities that may put your teeth, lips, cheeks, and tongue at risk. Avoid popcorn kernels, hard candy, and chewing ice, as these can easily crack a tooth. Don’t use your teeth to break tape, tags, or other random items—use scissors instead. Sometimes, no matter how many precautions you take, a dental emergency happens. Here’s a brief summary of what to do for some common dental problems in addition to calling an emergency dentist in Abington as soon as possible.

1.     Toothaches. If your tooth aches, try rinsing your mouth with warm water and carefully use dental floss to remove food that may be stuck between teeth. If swelling has occurred, apply cold on the outside of your mouth or cheek and take pain medicine to reduce discomfort.
2.     Chipped or broken teeth. Save all the pieces you can find. Rinse your mouth with warm water and rinse the pieces. Apply gauze to stop any bleeding and use a compress and pain meds to address swelling and discomfort.
3.     Knocked-out tooth. Knocked out teeth have the highest chances of being saved when seen by an emergency dentist and returned to their socket within one hour of being knocked out. If your tooth is knocked out, retrieve the tooth, hold it by the crown, and rinse off the tooth’s root with water. Do not scrub it or remove any attached tissue fragments. Store the tooth in a container of milk or water with a pinch of salt and head to an emergency dentist in Abington.
4.     Lost filling. Use a piece of sugarless gum to temporarily fill the cavity until you reach help. Do not use sugar-filled gum. It will cause pain. Call your dentist in Abington for an appointment right away.
5.     Abscess. Abscesses are painful infections that resemble a pimple-like swelling in the gums, around the root of a tooth, or in spaces between the teeth and gums. Abscesses are a serious condition that can spread to other parts of the body if left untreated. See an emergency dentist immediately, if possible.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Abington, call Drs. Finkelman & Machlus, DDS today at (215) 310-5826 or make an appointment.

Drs. Finkelman & Machlus, DDS offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Abington. Our office is conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Drs. Finkelman & Machlus, DDS, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Drs. Finkelman & Machlus, DDS. 

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Patient Reviews
So painless that I fell asleep during a root canal.
Terrell C.
Professional and Caring.
Deborah D.
Dr. Machlus and Donna are wonderful!! Very kind and gentle!!
Denise G.
Have been coming to this office for many, many years. I am always treated with respect and professionally.
Pat D.
Great service, excellent work, cheerful staff. What more could you want?
Patrick M.
All the dentists I have been to these two know what to do...I used to ask my old dentist what he's doing today with dr machlus I just let him do his […]
Christoph D.
As a person that has great anxiety when it comes to dentists, Dr. Machlus was exceptional. The entire staff was warm and welcoming. They were […]
Rebecca D.
Dr. Machlus and Donna are very patient and caring!!
Denise G.
I only see doctor Finkelman so my referances will be for him and his work.
Anonymous
Very nice staff, was a little nervous and embarrassed about my teeth but they made me feel at ease.
Anonymous
Good experience. Well explained.
Craig N.
Excellent customer service and expert dental work.
Bobbie B.
I had a pleasant experience! Everyone was so friendly, and the service was so quick.
Khadijah B.
Dr. Machlus and his staff are very thorough, gentle, caring health professionals.
Irving T.
No waiting. Dr. Finkelman explained each process as it took place.
Carol M.
Excellent level of care.
Irving T.
Fabulous job. I was in and out in a half hour, and the novacaine wore off by the time I got home. The filling looks fantastic, and the tooth issues […]
Patrick M.
Dr. Machlus and his team are very caring and meticulous in their work.
Irving T.
My experience with the doctor I was very pleased! Thank you for making my visited a pleasantly one.
Connie P.
personable, professional, proficient
Richard C.
Dr. Machlus was wonderful with my daughter. He explained everything that he was going to do and made sure she was comfortable the entire visit.
Elizabeth D.
I always feel confident that my teeth are in the best hands when Dr. Machlus is treating me. Thank you.
Rhea C.
Always a great experience. Hardly any pain and very caring. Informs you of every step as he does it.
Anonymous
Dr. Stephen Finkelman and his staff are wonderful. I know that I am in good hands whenever I go. The office is clean, the staff is friendly and they […]
Dianne G.
I had an excellent experience. I recovered quickly from my root canal.
Nyoka M.
The staff was very friendly and I received a very thorough examination.
Cindy S.
My anxiety was high while waiting to have my small procedure done, however I put right at ease when I sat in the chair. Although timely, I was made […]
Jennifer R.
Always a very satisfied patient. Good careful treatment. Appointments are efficient and work is top notch.
Richard H.
How can you lose in a caring and professional environment where the staff are just as pleased with their work as you are?
Patrick M.
Dr. Machlus almost makes going to the dentist pleasant, as much possible by being pleasant, that is. He is a caring man, and not only a doctor but a […]
Arthur V.
We love Dr. Machlus!!!
Anonymous
Everyone was excellent!
Barton A.
excellent visit to the dentist....everyone was friendly and efficient....state of the art office equipment
Cheryl H.
For a procedure I dread, both dentist and assitant were sensitive and explained what they were doing.
Cathy R.
Dr. Machlus is the most caring and skilled Dentist. His staff are just as warm and professional.
Harra H.
Dr. Finkelman is wonderful; staff is pleasant and efficient. The music in the exam room was too loud for my taste.
Christine C.
The staff and Doctors are wonderful. I went in thinking I had a cavity. My appointment was at 4:30 pm and the office closed at 5:00pm. It turned out […]
Karen J.
Over the years I've had many Dentists ranging from one really bad one to the absolute best, Dr. Finkelman. Thank you!
Paul S.
Could not ask for a more a courteous, efficient and professional staff and satisfying outcome.
Richard C.
I had a question of an item Dr Finkleman had done to my mouth. I returned and he explained again and things are perfect.
Audrey R.
Very caring and professional staff
Harra H.
Very kind and great service.
Kiri R.
Dr. Finkelman was great!
Madalynn S.
Have been with Dr. Machlus for many, many years. He is always the professional and you leave his office knowing that you were in good hands. He only […]
Daniel B.
Professional, courtious service
Peter D.
Exemplary levels of care, intellect, communication, attention to detail, and all-out "Balls To The Wall" application of all of the most advanced […]
Patrick M.
No complaints at all - Dr. Finkelman was kind and considerate of how I felt.
Anonymous
Taken right on time. Treated in a professional manner. Almost getting to be fun----
Pat D.
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  • Tuesday 7:45 AM - 5:00 PM
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