Burke Dentistry
Quarryville, PA Family Dentist

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Emergency Info

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These are a selection of some common questions that patients have. If your question isn't answered here, please contact our office. It's important to us that our patients understand their dental care.

Emergency Info

The best way is to see your dentist for a thorough check-up and evaluation and get any problems addressed before they become more urgent. While the unexpected can happen to anyone, our routine patients who see us regularly for cleanings and checkups have much fewer unexpected problems, and the problems that do come up are usually less severe.

We can almost always get you in the same day to address your problem, and if you are in pain we will always address your pain first and foremost.

There are good products available over the counter that will help relieve tooth pain. If the pain is severe and lasts more than a day or two it is better to see us so that we can check it out. Sometimes even if the pain goes away, it may be that the nerve has died and is at risk of infection. Sometimes the pain is temporary and goes away on its own too. If you have any doubts, it is better to have it checked.

Please call our office as soon as you determine that you have a dental emergency. We will be glad to work you in to our schedule during regular business hours. After hours, over the weekend and during holidays, please call our office for the doctor’s emergency contact number.

If our office is closed and you have a dental (non-life threatening) emergency, please call and select the option for leaving a message for Dr. Burke. The call will be forwarded to him and he will return your call as soon as possible.

We do everything from a simple check of something that is concerning a patient to treatment of severe pain and swelling. Treatments may involve extractions (pulling a tooth), root canals, replacing a missing filling, replacing a front tooth, adjusting a bite, applying a desensitizer, removing a popcorn husk from the gums, and just about anything else that might pop up. If you are worried about it, just call us and we will check it out!

We have seen teeth in every condition imaginable and are not shocked by anything. We also do not judge AT ALL. We will treat you with compassion and give you your options to make the situation better. Quite often we will take care of the most pressing problems first, then patients return later to get a complete exam.

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