Emergency Dentistry

No one plans for a dental emergency! Emergencies come out of nowhere and disrupt a day when you least expect it. If you or someone you know is experiencing a dental emergency the best steps to take are stay calm, figure out the cause of the pain and contact your dentist right away. In a dental emergency, our team will do our best to get you into our office for same-day care. When you call our office, one of our team members will ask questions to find out the urgency of your dental emergency. They will also advise you with tips on first aid and pain management until you are able to be seen. We allow time slots for dental emergencies throughout the day, so call right away if you need treatment fast.

If you are unsure if your tooth problem needs to be addressed right away, our team can help you schedule an appointment to be checked out. It’s never a good idea to put off addressing a toothache or other dental problems, as symptoms can worsen with time. Common dental emergencies include:

  • Knocked-out tooth or dental restoration
  • Chipped, cracked, broken or fractured teeth
  • Damaged dentures
  • Soft tissue lacerations
  • Severe toothache that sometimes requires root canal therapy

First Aid and Pain Management Tip & Tricks 

Our team is happy to walk you through first aid advice over the phone that specifically addresses your need; however, if you would like to find out recommendations before calling, the following tips and tricks are often recommended. 

Knocked-out tooth or dental restoration

If you have a knocked-out tooth or restoration, locate your missing tooth if possible. Always pick up a tooth or restoration by the top of the tooth, never the bottom. You can carefully rinse your tooth or restoration with cool water but be careful to not remove any natural tissues. Gently swish water around in your mouth to remove any blood or debris. If possible, reinsert the tooth or restoration. If this is not possible, you can store it in milk or water until you are able to be seen.

Cracked, broken or fractured tooth or restoration

First, check that no surrounding teeth or gums are damaged from the injured tooth or restoration. Next, carefully swish water through your mouth to slow any bleeding and remove any leftover debris. Then carefully bite down on sterile, damp gauze to stop any bleeding and protect your damaged tooth. Once you remove the gauze and the bleeding has stopped you can cover any sharp areas with dental wax that is often used by patients with braces. Bring any large pieces that have broken off into your dental office at your scheduled visit.

Damaged partial or full denture

If you are experiencing any discomfort with your denture or if it seems to be bent, broken or doesn’t fit securely, call us right away. Many times, your damaged prosthetic can be fixed in-office by one of our experienced dentists. If the damage is extensive, your denture will need to be sent to our lab to ensure that it is fully fixed and fits comfortably again. Do not continue to wear your damaged denture, as it can cause problems with your remaining teeth or gums. Store your denture in cleaning solution or water until you are able to be seen.

Severe toothache 

When faced with a toothache, a few things can be done to eliminate any causes of the pain. First, floss around the area of pain to remove any food that could be causing pain. Then, swish warm salt water in your mouth to help with any present infection or pain. If pain still persists, take over the counter pain medication as necessary and call us right away. 

If you are faced with a dental emergency in Lititz, PA, call Mor Smiles right away! We will work hard to address your pain. Once your pain has been treated, we can discuss any further treatment necessary. No matter the damage, our team will provide a solution and help you get your smile back!

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Before After

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Before After

Meet Gretchen

Gretchen was told by her last Dentist that she should have all her teeth pulled and replaced with dentures. Her mother had dentures and she couldn’t even imagine not having her own teeth. She knew she was going to need a lot of work if she wanted to keep her teeth and wanted to do as few appointments as possible. Dr. Moriarty suggested IV sedation and Gretchen agreed that this was her best option. She couldn’t believe how easy the appointments were and wished she would have started the process sooner.

Before After

Meet LuAnn

LuAnn was wearing a complete lower denture. She was disappointed that it no longer fit and was having trouble eating. She decided to have dental implants placed and have teeth anchored to the implants so she would not have to remove them. She loves her new lower teeth so much that she is ready to replace the upper teeth with new crowns that will match the bottom.

Before After

Meet Adam

Adam was concerned about the infection in his mouth. He felt his overall health was suffering and had consulted with his medical Doctor too. Dr. Moriarty found that he had moderate gum disease and several infected teeth. After just two appointments the majority of his dentistry was completed and Adam felt his energy levels returned to normal and was feeling great.

Before After

Meet Elizabeth

Liz suffered from severe dental phobia. She hadn’t been to the Dentist in years and just couldn’t delay dental care one more day. She was very self-conscious about her smile. She was in constant pain and she couldn’t chew her food. She wanted a natural smile and requested that all of her treatment be done with IV sedation. Liz is now very confident with her new smile and is no longer fearful of dentistry.

Before After

Meet Iris

Iris suffered from a chronic condition that kept her isolated in her home for years. She sent an email to the office expressing how embarrassed and afraid she was to come in for care. Dr. Moriarty assured her that he would help her and his office was judgment free. Iris knew she needed a lot of work and would only consent to treatment if she could be sedated. After her initial consultation appointment, she was scheduled to get started. All of her treatment was completed in two visits under IV sedation. She is so grateful to Dr. Moriarty, not only did he change her smile, he changed her life!

Before After

Meet Joe

Joe never really thought about his teeth. But as he got older, he noticed his teeth were falling apart. His goal was to have a younger smile which reflected his spirit. Dr. Moriarty placed all porcelain crowns on four of his upper front teeth. The result, the more youthful smile he desired.

Before After

Meet Sara

Sara came into the office for her preventive cleaning. She was getting married in six months and confessed that she didn’t love her smile. She wanted to make some improvements before she got married. Dr. Moriarty completed two all porcelain crowns for her in just two visits. Sara was thrilled with the results and her smile was radiant in all of her wedding photos.

Before After

Meet Jen

Jen was frustrated with her teeth. She felt like she had a cavity every time she went to the Dentist. Jen had a lot of cavities filled throughout her young life, but the fillings didn’t seem to match her teeth very well and she felt like everyone stared at her smile. She decided that she wanted a longer lasting fix for her smile. Porcelain veneers were the answer. Jen had ten veneers placed on her upper front teeth and her new smile was an instant boost in her self-confidence!

Before After

Meet Jo

Jo wanted straight teeth all of her life. When she was an adult she decided to look at her options to correct her crooked smile. Of course, braces were suggested, but, she just couldn’t see herself with brace at this point in her life and really wanted faster results. Dr. Moriarty suggested porcelain veneers. Jo liked the idea of an instant result and in two visits she left with a gorgeous new smile.

Before After

Meet Sue

Sue repeatedly had cosmetic bonding done on her teeth, and was satisfied with the results, but never thrilled. When it was time to replace the bonding, she expected a similar result. What she didn’t expect was this radiating smile that surpassed her expectations. She is smiling more than ever before.

Before After

Meet Darlene

Darlene called the office at 9:00 am on a Wednesday morning. She hadn’t been to the dentist in 10 years and her front tooth broke. She was embarrassed and needed help immediately. She came to the office an hour later and left smiling. Darlene started the process of fixed bridge work, teeth that she brushes in her mouth. She knows she has other needs and vows that she will never miss a checkup appointment again!

Before After

Meet Pamela

Pamela had beautiful porcelain crowns done years ago and has been very diligent about keeping her smile healthy. Surprisingly, she began having issues with her crown, it was loose and caused an unpleasant taste in her mouth. After a consultation, it was determined that the root of the tooth could not be saved. Pamela was given three options to replace her front tooth and she choose an implant. The root was removed and the implant was placed the same day. After a few months of healing the final restoration was completed. The results were outstanding. Pamela is positive she made the right choice to replace her tooth with an implant.