Emergency Dental Care

Emergency Dental Care in Shrewsbury, PA

Don’t Wait to Get the Care You Need

Tooth pain can be unbearable at times. In addition to being one of the most painful experiences one can suffer through, severe tooth pain can also be a sign of something extremely serious with a patient’s oral health. That’s why Dr. Haywood and our team at Southern York Smile Care always try to see patients suffering from any type of oral pain as soon as possible. 

Dr. Haywood will see his current patients during any day of the week or weekend if they’re dealing with a dental emergency. However, Dr. Haywood and his team will see new patients facing a dental emergency during the weekday hours only. If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, don’t wait to see the dentist. Contact our office right away at (717)-235-3871 and we’ll schedule an appointment for you as soon as possible.

Common Dental Emergencies & How to Handle Them

Dental Abscess

A dental abscess is when the nerve of the tooth is infected with bacteria. If left untreated, an abscess can cause bacteria to spread to the jaw, mouth, and eventually into the face causing swelling from the infection. From there, the bacteria can spread even further into the body, creating life-threatening situations of a brain abscess and a restricted airway requiring hospitalization. The common solutions to a dental abscess include root canal therapy or extraction. Contact our office right away if you notice signs of a dental abscess.


A simple toothache from a broken or dislodged crown or bridge, a deep cavity, sensitive gums, or a chipped tooth is typically the least severe among dental emergencies. If your pain is manageable, you may not need to see us right away. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Haywood at your earliest convenience and he’ll perform an evaluation and then determine treatment for your toothache.

Cracked Tooth or Filling

A severe cracked tooth or filling can be very painful and usually requires immediate attention. A cracked tooth may be horizontal or vertical in nature and can often extend into the nerve. A horizontal fracture can oftentimes be treated with restorative procedures, but a vertical fracture typically splits the tooth down the middle and may require the tooth to be extracted. If this is the case, the patient can explore our solutions, such as dental implants or a variety of dental bridges to replace the extracted tooth. If you’re experiencing a cracked tooth or filling, it’s important to contact our Shrewsbury office right away.

Acute TMJ Disorders

Acute TMJ disorders are focused around the jaw joints and muscles that make the jaw function properly. TMJ can cause severe migraines, excruciating tooth pain, insomnia, neck, and cervical pain. This disorder can negatively affect the entire holistic wellness of the patient. TMJ pain is complicated by stress and is a complex syndrome with many contributing factors. 

Once we know your story, we can diagnose TMJ disfunction and propose reasonable medication treatments, orthotics, and lifestyle changes. Jaw locked open or jaw locked closed should be considered a relative dental emergency, so please call our dental practice immediately and schedule an appointment.

Facial Trauma

Facial trauma can be the most frightening dental emergency a patient can experience. If you’re faced with a knocked-out tooth, it should be placed in milk to preserve it while you make your way directly to our office for treatment. In facial trauma cases, Dr. Haywood advises you to reach out to our team right away. As well as a knocked-out tooth, facial trauma also includes chipping a tooth or breaking your jaw. If a broken jaw is suspected, an immediate dental emergency appointment is needed so Dr. Haywood can perform a CT scan. 

Athletic injuries, car accidents, and personal injuries of all kinds may have implications away from the immediate trauma site. In every case, a full evaluation will be needed. In most facial trauma cases, we’re able to handle them in our office or in an outpatient setting. If you’ve experienced facial trauma, contact our dental team immediately and we’ll get you in as soon as possible.

Emergency Dental Care Cost

At Southern York Smile Care, most emergency cases are paid for at the time of service and we’ll file your insurance for you. If you haven’t seen the dentist before, the cost to receive treatment, get your examination, and x-rays ranges in our area from $600 and up. To learn more about our office payment policies, call our Shrewsbury office at (717)-235-3871 and one of our knowledgeable team members will be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have. 

Visit Southern York Smile Care

You don’t have to suffer from immense tooth pain. At Southern York Smile Care, we provide immediate and effective dental emergency services, ensuring you don’t have to wait in pain and risk further damage. Dr. Haywood can fix a number of different dental emergencies and get your oral health back on track. Call our office today at (717)-235-3871 to schedule an appointment.

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