Dental emergencies have a tendency to happen when you least expect them, and our Teaneck, NJ dental team wants you to know that we are here for you when you need it most.
If you are experiencing a true dental emergency, we can help. Give our office a call to talk to our staff about what you should do and when we can see you. We will make sure that you are always able to get great professional dental care when you need it.
What Is a Dental Emergency?
A dental emergency is generally something that happens unexpectedly or suddenly. Trauma to your mouth, teeth or gums are the most common dental emergencies. If you aren’t sure whether you are having an emergency, please give us a call. We will discuss your concerns with you and determine how quickly you need to be seen. Certain emergencies do warrant same-day treatment, and we will always do our best to get you in to the office as soon as possible.
Some of the most common emergencies we see include:
- Knocked-out (avulsed) teeth
- Tooth and jaw pain
- Injury to the soft tissues, including gums, palate, and tongue
- Infections (abscesses)
- Lost fillings or other restorations
- Fractures and other damage to the teeth
Please note: If you have experienced an injury that caused you to lose consciousness, severe bleeding that doesn’t stop with pressure, or you suspect a fractured bone, please head to the emergency room before you call our office!
Managing Common Dental Emergencies
If you find yourself in a situation where your tooth has been knocked out, remain calm and call us right away. In the meantime, try re-inserting your tooth into the socket while holding onto the crown of your tooth, being careful not to touch the roots. If you are unable to re-insert the tooth, please put your tooth in a glass of milk (or salt water or saliva) and bring it with you to your emergency appointment. Time is of the essence, but we may be able to save the tooth.
Severe throbbing tooth/jaw pain or swelling are signs of something bigger happening in your mouth. It is important that you be seen immediately to treat the infection or prevent more severe damage. In the meantime, you can reduce swelling with ice packs applied to the cheeks for 20 minutes at a time or warm salt water rinses.
Life can be messy and sometimes injuries to your teeth, mouth, and gums can happen. Puncture wounds to your lips and tongue, bleeding that lasts for 20 minutes or more, or an accidental hit to the jaw that is causing you pain and discomfort are considered emergencies. When in doubt, give our office a call and one of our staff members can direct you as to what needs to be done.
Give Our Office a Call!
If you’re unsure whether you’re having a dental emergency, have questions on what to do, or would just like to make an appointment, we want to hear from you. Give our Teaneck, NJ dental office a call at (201) 836-0623. If you are a patient of record with a true dental emergency calling after normal business hours, please follow the directions on our voicemail line on how to contact us after hours.