Gentle Dental of Center City
201 South 13th Street, 1st Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Painful Dental Emergencies


If you had a toothache recently, you’re not alone. Dental emergencies are a major source of pain and suffering in America. A recent survey found that 22 percent of the population experienced orofacial pain and 12 percent suffered a toothache within the last six months. The first step in evaluating a dental emergency is uncovering the cause of pain. Although migraines, nasal, or sinus inflammation and problems with ears and temporomandibular joints are possible pain sources, dental problems are most common.

Painful Conditions Commonly Seen in Emergency Dentistry

  • Cavities aren’t usually painful until aggressive decay causes inflammation of your tooth’s pulp. Emergency tooth extraction is rarely necessary, but you may need to have a root canal treatment to save your tooth.
  • Advanced periodontal disease may result in abscesses that cause pain, facial swelling, and pus drainage. A dentist can make an incision to drain the abscess if your pain is severe. In some cases, antibiotic treatment is necessary. If you have symptoms of an abscess, you should see a dentist within 24 hours.
  • Partially erupted wisdom teeth can be a cause of swelling, pain, tenderness, and an unpleasant taste. If you experience symptoms in the area of a wisdom tooth, see your dentist for evaluation immediately. Surgical treatment may be necessary to resolve the problem if it the tooth does not fully erupt on its own.
  • Trauma to teeth can result in fractures, loosening, displacement, and avulsion. In all cases, prompt evaluation from an emergency dentistry specialist is essential. After taking x-rays, your dentist can develop a treatment plan to repair or minimize damage.
  • Avulsed or knocked-out teeth are completely removed from their sockets. Ideally, an knocked-out tooth should be re-implanted on the spot. If it is dirty or contaminated, rinse it gently with water first. Do not touch or scrub the tooth’s root. See your dentist in Center City Philadelphia immediately for further treatment.

Preventing Dental Emergencies

You can prevent many emergencies by maintaining good oral hygiene, seeing your dentist regularly, and wearing protective mouth guards or helmets during sports activities.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Center City Philadelphia, call Gentle Dental of Center City today at (215) 941-5634 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Center City Philadelphia. 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 Center City, 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 Center City.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
Friendly and attentive staff; the doctor was thorough and a good communicator.
Lisa C.
I always have good experience when I go to GD center city. The front desk staff know me and always are kind. Denise , the DA is great and the Dr. always explains things well. I had a problem with a […]
Kara M.
They are so great at what they do I highly recommend them!!!!!
Kiera M.
The staff was extremely accommodating and friendly!
Samantha K.
Took care of my problem quickly and was very professional and friendly. Also was in no pain and I got 4 wisdom teeth extracted.
Nakeisha S.
This place is awesome! Super friendly staff and they make you feel at home. Also they will have you in and out in a heart beat. Highly recommended !!
Ricardo S.
The hygienist, Helena, was very caring and thoughtful and kind, and also thorough and diligent with her work! The work she did in cleaning my teeth and gums was wonderful! She truly cares about her […]
Ronald C.
Helena is an excellent hygienist: very thorough, intelligent, and patient with my questions.
Michael D.
Everything went just fine as always.
Malcolm B.
Fast, efficient, great price, friendly and knowledgeable
Dianna S.
Very friendly and took good care of me
Christina A.
The dentist was, very friendly and explained to me everything that he was going to do. The staff was, also friendly. It was, a very comfortable experience.
Gloria H.
I received very good care the waiting time was Perfect and the service was also very good I would highly recommend their services.
Helen C.
The 13th and Walnut location is perfect for people who work in Center City Philadelphia! As a Nurse I was able to fit my visits into my busy work schedule! The staff was friendly, professional and […]
Marlon B.
I am one who is very nervous when it comes to having any type of dental work. The staff was very nice and patient with me. They explained every aspect of the work that needed to be done. I will […]
Sherry B.
The staff is very kind & pleasant all the time during my visits even in distress, they handled my situation & made me very comfortable & that’s every visit.
Tyrone B.
Yes I would recommend this office to a friend or colleague. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable!
Sherry S.
Amazing and pleasant staff
Javier D.
Clean office, short wait time
Margaret D.
Hygienist was great
Sharnell H.
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Office Hours
  • Monday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Saturday 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Sunday Closed
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  • Phone: (215) 941-5634
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