If you have an emergency dental need, then call us right now for help.
We Treat Dental Emergencies In Hamilton, New Jersey
Dental emergencies never happen at a convenient time. They can happen while you are playing sports, sleeping during the night, enjoying a meal with family and friends, or even while you are on vacation.
If you use proper oral hygiene at home, in a diligent manner, you can prevent such dental emergencies as infections, swelling or toothaches. You may not be able to avoid other types of emergencies, such as trauma caused by accidents or sports injury. It is always a good idea to protect your gums and teeth by wearing a mouthguard, if you or a family member are involved in sports activities.
Here are some dental emergencies that are fairly common:
- Breakage in your partials or dentures
- Injuries to soft tissue
- Teeth with objects caught in between
- Crowns that are lost or broken
- Pain caused by dry socket issues
- Severely misaligned or knocked out teeth
- Oral surgery bleeding that will not stop
- Sores or lessions that appear spontaneously
- Teeth that are broken, cracked or chipped
- Teeth that are abscessed
- Cavity pain that is severe
- Gums that are swollen of infected
If You Have A Dental Emergency, What Should You Do?
The first thing you need to do if you have a dental emergency, is to remain calm. In order to properly assess the situation, it is important to try and keep the injured person as calm as is possible. Call a physician immediately, before concentrating on any teeth restoration, if a person has lost consciousness after being stuck in the head!
Check the lips to see if they have received any tooth fragments. If there is any bleeding, check to see if there are any teeth knocked out, or any chipped or broken teeth, after you have secured a clean gauze or towel.
If I Get Any Teeth Knocked Out, What Should I Do?
Look for any teeth that might be missing, and if you find any such teeth, preserve them by placing the teeth in milk, and immediately call our office. A knocked-out tooth will die fairly quick, if it is not placed in the person’s own saliva or milk, and then can never be placed back in the mouth! Try to reinsert the tooth back into it’s socket very carefully, and hold it there securely with gauze, if it is not possible to get to the dentist promptly.
If The Tooth Becomes Chipped or Fractured, What Should I Do?
To get an x-ray and proper evaluation of the damaged tooth, and all the surrounding area, the first thing you should do is immediately call our office. To reduce any possible swelling, place a cold compress on the lip if it has sustained any trauma, and keep the mouth clean.
Using dental bonding, you can often repair any simple cracks or chips many different times. A crown or root canal therapy may be necessary if there are more severe cracks or chips sustained. Depending on the location of a fracture, an extraction may be necessary in some instances.
If You Have A toothache, What’s Next?
When the inside nerve of a tooth is damaged in any way, or become inflamed, then a toothache occurs. Acid buildup caused by bacteria from decay that feeds on sugar, is what damages the tooth. This can be prevented regular dental checkups, brushing and flossing.
These are some things that can be symptoms of a toothache:
- Running a fever
- The affected area can be tender and swell up
- When chewing your food causes pain and discomfort
- A throbbing pain that is spontaneous
- Hot and cold things cause lingering sensitivity
Over-the-counter medications can help ease the pain, if you have a toothache. In order to keep the problem from progressing into something worse, you should, however, set a dental appointment at the earliest possible time. If teeth are abscessed, or an infection is present, the dentist may need to prescribe some antibiotics.
At Our Offices, We Treat Emergency Cases
Dental emergencies can come up at any time, and at our offices we realize that. When that time arises, we are here to help. So please call us now if you have a dental emergency.