There is a good chance that at some point during your lifetime you or a family member will experience a dental emergency. As unexpected and nerve-wracking as an emergency can be, the more prepared you are, the easier it is to handle them.
At Newman Springs Dental Care, we encourage all of our patients to be prepared in case of an emergency. That way, in case something happens, no matter how unexpected, you will know what to do. So, keep reading and then give us a call at 732-352-3903 to schedule your next visit to our Lincroft, NJ dentist’s office.
If Your Tooth Is Knocked Out
It is not uncommon for a tooth to get knocked out during a sporting event or recreational activity. However, it is a situation that requires urgent dental care. If you or a family member suddenly loses a tooth, it’s important to act quickly to increase your chances of saving the tooth and preventing further damage.
The first thing to remember is to stay calm. If the emergency happens during our regular business hours, call our office right away. If the emergency happens outside of regular business hours, there should be a separate emergency contact you can use.
In the meantime, if you can locate the tooth, hold it only by the crown and avoid touching the roots. Gently rinse the tooth in water. Don’t rub the tooth, even if you feel that it needs cleaning, and don’t use any soap or chemicals to clean it.
If possible, hold the tooth in the socket that it fell out of. Otherwise, place the tooth in a container with milk or saliva. Rinse your mouth with warm water and apply a cold compress to the area where the tooth was knocked out. One of our friendly and knowledgeable staff members will be able to provide you with further instructions.
If You Break, Crack, or Chip A Tooth
If you notice a sudden break, crack, or chip in your tooth, once again, don’t panic. In most cases, we can easily repair your tooth so that it looks, feels, and functions like a natural, healthy tooth.
Call our office as soon as you notice the injury. We will have you come to the office as soon as possible so that we can restore the tooth. Smaller chips or fractures can be repaired with a filling, while larger chips and fractures may require a dental crown. If the tooth is damaged beyond repair, we may have to remove the tooth and replace it. Regardless of the solution required, we will take every step possible to make sure you are comfortable and pain-free. Be sure to ask about our three levels of dental sedation.
Additional Dental Emergencies
In the event of any of the following oral health incidents, call our office right away for further instructions. We will make sure to treat you as quickly and efficiently as possible. Other common dental emergencies include:
- Severe toothache
- Tooth abscess
- Severe gum pain
If you are experiencing swelling, knots, bleeding, loose teeth, or a severe amount of pain that doesn’t go away after taking a pain reliever, call our office. It is always better to err on the side of caution. At Newman Springs Dental Care, we are here to help. Call our office at 732-352-3903 to learn more about how we can help you. For non-emergencies in Lincroft, NJ, you can even fill out your patient forms online ahead of your visit.