Gentle Dental of Allentown
2015 West Hamilton Street, Suite 202, Allentown, PA 18104

A Crash Course in Dental Emergency Preparedness

Dental Emergencies

If you’ve ever had a tooth break suddenly, you probably already know how painful and confusing a dental emergency can be. It’s always best to call an emergency dentist when severe pain, bleeding, or other symptoms arise, but it’s also essential to know how to handle the situation until you can get help. The following tips will help prepare you for the dental care required in almost any common dental emergency.

  • If your tooth is knocked out completely, hold it by the crown, and cleanse the root under running water. Don’t scrub the tooth or disturb any attached tissue. If you can’t place the tooth back into its socket, store it in milk. Visit your dentist in Allentown immediately, and be sure to bring the tooth.
  • For broken teeth, rinse your mouth with water and see your dentist immediately.
  • If you bite your tongue or lip, and there is heavy or continued bleeding, seek treatment from an emergency dentist or your local emergency room.
  • For toothache pain, rinse your mouth with water, and try to remove any trapped food particles with dental floss. Visit a dentist in Allentown as soon as possible. Don’t place aspirin on the tooth or the gums around it.
  • If wires from your braces break or become irritating, cover the end of the wire with cotton and beeswax, or wrap it with gauze until you can see your dentist. If a wire becomes lodged in soft tissues like your gums or your tongue, seek medical help immediately.
  • Jaw injuries can be serious. If you suspect a fracture or break, go to a hospital emergency room immediately. You may use ice or a cold compress to reduce swelling.

Finding an Affordable Dentist Away from Home
A dental emergency can be inconvenient and expensive, especially if you’re traveling. Fortunately, there are several ways to find an affordable dentist. Check the Yellow Pages, contact the state dental society, perform an online search, or ask for a referral from the hospital emergency room. If you are outside of the U.S., contact the U.S. embassy for information about dental care practitioners.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Allentown, call Gentle Dental of Allentown today at (610) 616-3593 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Allentown. With 14 affiliated practices in the Greater Philadelphia area, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental of Allentown, 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 Gentle Dental of Allentown. 

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Patient Reviews
As always everyone is so professional. Thank you! See you all in December 2017.
Shaylyn K.
This dental practice has been amazing. They are professional, compassionate, and knowledgeable. I had not been to the dentist in quite some time, and was nervous about being reprimanded…nope […]
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I have been a patient of Dr. Minetola for many years. He is a thorough, knowledgeable, and compassionate dentist and I never have less than excellent care from him and his staff. Although this last […]
Michael V.
I came in for a cleaning, which went well. I was in and out in no time.
Diane K.
Dr. Minatoli (if I am spelling correctly) is absolutely amazing. I had extreme dental pain from two cracked teeth and an abscess. Typically, an appointment is made for a later date after assessing […]
Kira W.
Competent, friendly and timely service.
Thomas M.
Feel that Dr. Ferguson and Dr. Minetola are very courteous and very competent.
Nancy K.
I have been a patient of Dr. Minetola for many years. He is a thorough, knowledgeable, and compassionate dentist and I never have less than excellent care from him and his staff. Although this last […]
Michael V.
I have horrible anxiety and the whole staff made me feel comfortable.
Jennifer M.
prompt professional service
Nancy E.
Dr. Minnetola is not only thorough he, and his staff, are friendly and welcoming. They put you at ease.
Terry F.
Always excellent service and takes time to explain things.
Warren H.
Everyone was very kind and attentive to me. My appointment started not long after I got there and was quick and speedy. No problems at all!
Laura M.
Dr Mark Menatola is excellent & his assistant Judy. They are the BEST!!
Denise B.
Very nice office, caring people
James K.
In time service, no waiting. Friendly, thorough hygenist. Offered teeth maintenance info. Friendly staff. Dentist was aware and mentioned previous work done. Inquired about current status. Pleasant […]
Margaret P.
Professional demeanor
Jean K.
Mark Minetola and Michele Ferguson are two of the best dentists in this area by far ! I absolutely love my hygienist, she always does an amazing job. Judy Lees is an awesomely amazing assistant and […]
Lorrie R.
I’ve been a patient of Dr. Ferguson and Dr. Minetola for years. They are both extremely knowledgeable and have a great support staff working with them.
Nicole P.
Dr. Fergusen, Joanne, and the staff were patient, understanding to my needs, and professional. I would recommend anyone to them because they have great social skills.
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Office Hours
  • Monday 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Tuesday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Friday 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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  • Phone: (610) 616-3593
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