Emergency DentistMontclair, NJ
Though prevention and maintenance are essential when it comes to oral health, some dental emergencies are unavoidable. As we all know, things can sometimes spiral out of our control. Emergency dentists can help with any oral health issues that require immediate attention.
Emergency dentistry is available at Montclair Dental Spa in Montclair and the surrounding area. There are times in life when you cannot wait. We can help. Call us today at 201-464-2630 to schedule an appointment or to learn more about our services.
Understanding Emergency Dentistry
Even the most cautious patient can have a dental emergency — especially since they are usually the result of an accident. The important thing is knowing how to recognize a dental emergency and how to proceed. According to the American Dental Association, this can be the vital difference between saving and losing a tooth.
Common dental emergencies include having one’s permanent teeth knocked out, cracking a permanent tooth, biting down too hard on one’s tongue or lip, severe toothaches, and objects stuck in the mouth. An individual who experiences any of these should remain calm and contact an emergency dentist who can quickly and efficiently treat these issues to prevent further complications.
Emergency Dentistry for Jaw Problems
Trauma to the jaw can result in pain, swelling, and an inability to open the mouth. These are incredibly serious issues which should be addressed by a dentist as soon as possible. If the person is having difficulty breathing or uncontrolled bleeding, it may be necessary to call 911. This is also true if they show signs of shock (looking faint and pale, with shallow and rapid breathing) or have suffered a possible spine or head injury. In such cases, the affected individual should not be moved until medics arrive.
Patients that are relatively safe and have suffered less severe injuries should still see a dentist immediately. If the jaw is broken, it is crucial to secure it back in place right away until being able to seek professional medical treatment. This is possible by tying a piece of cloth around the jaw and over the top of the head. Applying an ice pack can help control any bleeding or swelling, though it should not be used for more than 20 minutes at a time. Once the patient has arrived, we will take a panoramic X-ray of the entire jaw to examine it for any cracks. Depending on the situation, surgery may be necessary.
Emergency Dentistry for Tooth Problems
Ignoring any injury to the teeth can result in more severe and more expensive dental issues in the future. As such, tooth-related emergencies should be treated with the utmost care. Common emergency tooth issues include abscesses, chipped or broken teeth, extruded (or partially dislodged) teeth, knocked-out teeth, lost crowns, lost fillings, objects caught between teeth, soft-tissue injuries, and toothaches. Though all of the above scenarios require a trip to the emergency dentist, there are steps patients can take to salvage their teeth.
Any knocked-out teeth should be kept moist until the patient can get to a dentist. Lost crowns or fillings may be reattached to the gums with an over-the-counter sealant, though this should remain a temporary treatment. Cracked teeth can be treated by immediately rinsing the mouth with warm water to clean the area and applying cold compresses to reduce swelling. Toothaches should also be treated with a warm water rinse. Patients should also gently floss to remove any food debris that may be causing the pain. The same goes for objects stuck between the teeth, though patients should not struggle against objects that remain immovable.
Those suffering from abscesses should rinse with a mild saltwater solution several times a day, as should those with soft-tissue injuries. However, those with soft-tissue injuries should also apply pressure to the affected area with a moistened piece of gauze or tea bag for 15 to 20 minutes. Holding a cold compress to the outside of the mouth or cheek in the affected area for 5 to 10 minutes can also help control bleeding and relieve pain.
Call Us Today
Dealing with dental emergencies can be stressful. We at Montclair Dental Spa can help. Call us today at 201-464-2630 to schedule an appointment or to learn more about our services.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I avoid having a dental emergency?
As mentioned earlier, some dental emergencies are unpredictable. However, you can take various preventive measures to reduce your chances of having a dental emergency. Avoid chewing on ice, hard candy, and popcorn kernels, and do not use your teeth to tear open packages. If you play sports, wear a nightguard.
Can I prepare for a dental emergency?
By having an emergency dental care kit on hand, you can be prepared to salvage your teeth as best as possible. Your kit should include a handkerchief, gauze, ibuprofen (not aspirin, which may cause excessive bleeding), and saline solution. You should also have a small container with a lid to place any loose teeth and a copy of your dentist’s business card.
Is tooth sensitivity a dental emergency?
Tooth sensitivity is usually not indicative of a dental emergency. If you want to try a home remedy before coming into the office, try brushing with toothpaste made for sensitive teeth. If the problem persists, contact us right away. Tooth sensitivity can result from a loose filling, minimal gum recession, or minor decay. We can help identify and treat the root cause of the problem.
Should I go to the hospital for my dental emergency?
We are proud to offer oral surgery to serve all of your dental needs. However, if you run into a dental emergency while our offices are closed or your needs are particularly immediate, you may need to go to a hospital instead. Let us know if you are dealing with any abscesses, jaw dislocations, jaw fractures, or severe cuts or lacerations to the face and mouth. Severely swollen abscesses or infections are also cause for concern, particularly if they impede your breathing or swallowing.
Should I go to the ER if I have a severe toothache?
An emergency dentist should be your first point of contact if you are dealing with a toothache. However, we understand that these phenomena often occur at inconvenient times, such as past our office hours. Still, it is unlikely that you will find any emergency dentists on call at an emergency room. Such visits will typically end with a prescription for some painkillers or antibiotics. Only a dentist can truly identify and treat the root cause of your symptoms.
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