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  • Dr. Barry Yu


Emergencies happen unexpectedly, and dental emergencies are no exception. At Penn Pacific Dental Center, we're committed to guiding you through these unexpected situations. Knowing how to address a dental emergency can be crucial for your oral health and overall well-being.

Dental Emergencies

Understanding Dental Emergencies

These urgent situations encompass severe toothaches, knocked-out or fractured teeth, abscesses, lost fillings or crowns, and significant gum injuries. Swift action and seeking immediate dental attention are vital in such cases.

Why Immediate Attention Matters

Severe pain often indicates an underlying problem. Prompt treatment can prevent conditions from worsening; for instance, addressing an infection quickly can alleviate discomfort and avert further complications.

Dental Emergencies

Guidelines for Common Emergencies

Toothache: Avoid rinsing with water if it causes discomfort. Instead, use over-the-counter pain relief and contact us for guidance.

Knocked-Out Tooth: Handle the tooth by its crown, if possible, and store it in milk. Rush to our clinic immediately for potential reinsertion.

Lost Filling or Crown: Maintain cleanliness and avoid chewing on that side. Schedule a prompt appointment for repair.

Preventing Dental Emergencies

Preventive measures significantly reduce risks. Regular check-ups, diligent oral hygiene, and using mouthguards during sports can prevent potential emergencies. Speaking of which...

The Importance of Sports Mouthguards

A sports mouthguard is more than a piece of equipment; it's a shield for your teeth during physical activities. It absorbs and disperses impact, significantly reducing the risk of dental injuries while playing sports. Avoid using your teeth for unintended purposes, such as opening bottles or chewing on ice cubes, as these actions can lead to unexpected and avoidable dental emergencies.

Dental Emergencies

Seeking Immediate Care

In case of a dental emergency, contact Penn Pacific Dental Center immediately. Our skilled team is equipped to handle urgent situations, providing timely care and relief.

In Conclusion

Dental emergencies can be daunting, but knowing what to do can alleviate stress and prevent further complications. At Penn Pacific Dental Center, your oral health is our priority. Don't hesitate to reach out during an emergency - we're here to ensure your smile stays healthy and bright.

Stay informed, stay proactive, and trust us to navigate dental emergencies together.

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About Authors


Graduated with honors from the University of California, Davis (U.S.A.), major in biochemistry and molecular biology, Dr. Yu has further obtained his dental degree (Doctor of Dental Medicine) from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine (U.S.A.).  Dr. Yu is qualified to practice in the US, Singapore and Hong Kong, and has over 10 years of practicing experience in the US before starting both practices in Hong Kong and Singapore.


Dr. Chrissie Lam graduated from University of California, Berkeley (U.S.A.) with a bachelor degree in Nutritional Science before earning her doctorate degree in dentistry from University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry (U.S.A.). In her 10 years of practice she took care of her patients, both in U.S.A. and Singapore with her warm demeanor and excellent clinical skills. 

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