Dental emergencies require prompt attention to avoid more serious issues from developing. As a leading dentist in Old Bridge, NJ, Empire Dental offers the most advanced care for dental emergencies. Here’s what you should know about the most common types of dental emergencies.
Having a tooth knocked out or broken can be a nerve-wracking experience, but the good news is, at Empire Dental, our experienced staff is skilled in helping patients preserve damaged teeth – including healthy teeth that have been knocked out as a result of a car accident, sports injury or other traumatic event.
Replacing or “replanting” an adult tooth that’s been knocked out requires immediate attention – delaying care can prevent the tooth from being placed back in its socket. To increase the chances of saving the tooth, rinse it gently in water and replace it in the socket in its normal position. If that’s not possible, place it between the cheek and gum or in a container of cold milk. Be very careful not to handle the tooth too much, and never touch the root, which can be damaged very easily. Make your way to the dentist office or to the nearest emergency room right away. Walk in patients are always welcomed at our office in Old Bridge.
When a tooth is broken or chipped, don’t discard the broken pieces – there’s a chance they might be reattached. Call the office immediately to schedule an emergency dental appointment to restore the tooth and prevent additional damage or painful symptoms.
Tooth pain is a relatively common dental emergency, and one that can take a toll on your comfort and your peace of mind. Tooth pain can occur for different reasons, including impaction (a tooth that becomes “stuck” under the gum or under another tooth) or having a foreign object lodged in your tooth or gum. The most common cause of tooth pain is tooth decay and infection. Tooth decay and infection are caused by bacteria that are found naturally in the mouth. Bacteria like to hide in plaque, a sticky substance that clings to teeth. When bacteria are not adequately removed by brushing and flossing, they can eat away at the tooth enamel and interior material, and even migrate down the tooth to the tender tissues under the gum line. Loose or damaged fillings, crowns or other restorations can also cause tooth pain.
Today, there are many options for treating tooth pain to relieve symptoms as well as restore teeth. Options like root canal therapy, gum disease treatments and durable restorations designed to protect teeth are all potential solutions, and when a tooth cannot be saved, extractions may also be considered. Any type of tooth pain – even relatively mild discomfort – is a sign your tooth is in trouble. Scheduling an emergency dental appointment is the first step in getting the best and most appropriate care to relieve pain and prevent further damage.
Gum injuries and infections also require emergency care to relieve pain, resolve inflammation and prevent the infection from progressing. Gums and other soft tissues can become damaged by falls, sports injuries, car accidents and other traumatic events, and infections around and beneath teeth can quickly develop into abscesses that can weaken roots and cause tooth loss. Gum infections and abscesses can cause areas of redness, tenderness and swelling that need prompt treatment to prevent the infection from spreading. Gum problems should be treated with a salt water rinse to help reduce swelling. Bleeding can be controlled with a cool compress held against the injured spot. Then call the office right away for further instructions.
Empire Dental is a top provider of care for dental emergency care for patients in Old Bridge, Marlboro, Manalapan and Englishtown. If you have a dental emergency, call Empire Dental immediately at 732-607-0909. We gladly accept walk in patients.