How to Deal with A Dental Emergency

How to Deal with A Dental Emergency

A dental emergency can occur anywhere and to anyone, which is why we all need to know how to react when it occurs. Ignoring a dental emergency or not properly responding to one can put you at risk of permanent damage and in need for more extensive and costly treatment. Emergency dentists at Monmouth Junction, NJ, classify a range of issues as dental emergencies. Not every situation may qualify as an emergency, some can hold for you to see a doctor during regular working hours while some demand immediate attention. It is therefore important that you also learn to determine when to immediately visit our emergency dentist at Monmouth unction, and when to wait.

Situations requiring real-time attention may include an abscess, a knocked-out tooth, persistent toothache or dental trauma. Here are some guidelines on what you should if you are affected by any of the above.

Knocked-Out Tooth

A tooth may fall out when impacted by great force either from a fall, blow or accident. Dentists count this as a situation requiring urgent attention and thus you should arrange to quickly see a dentist if it happens. The chances of saving a knocked-out tooth are high within the first hour but quickly diminish afterwards. As you wait to get to our dental clinic on Monmouth Junction

  • Find the lost tooth if possible and pick it by the crown
  • Rinse the tooth with clean water only and try to place it back in its socket. If the socket does not hold, wrap it in clean gauze, put in a clean container and add some milk to preserve it. If you cannot find any milk, you can put the tooth in your saliva.
  • Procced to rinse your mouth with some water and the apply a cold compress on your face, in the area of the missing tooth.

In case you get to the clinic and the tooth cannot be saved, we will recommend that you get dental implants to fix the problem.

Toothache

Experiencing pain in your tooth, gums or surrounding tissue puts you at great misery and discomfort. In some cases, you may be able to identify the source or cause of the pain while other times it is just impossible to tell. If it you can identify the trigger, make sure to avoid it and notify your dentist for professional advice. You can try taking some pain medication to see it makes things any better. However, if no remedy seems to wear the pain down, you may need to come in for emergency dental care. In the meantime, rinse your mouth with warm water and apply a cold compress outside the mouth.

Abscess

An abscess occurs when pockets of pus form around the root of a tooth, normally due to a bacterial infection. The infection often originates from the pulp cavity and is caused by decay or injury. The accumulation of pus is usually an attempt by the body to contain it. However, an abscess will not clear on its won if left untreated and as the pockets of pus increase, it creates pressure and a painful feeling. Symptoms of an abscess include a foul taste in the mouth because the pus pockets drain within your mouth, a bad breath, swollen gums, aw or face and a throbbing toothache. There is risk of the abscess spreading to other parts of the body like the neck and head. The much you can do for an abscess is to treat the symptoms. However, since it is a high-risk condition, you are advised to get immediate medical attention if you suspect you have it.

Soft Tissue Injuries

Soft tissues include the cheeks, gums, lips and tongue. Injury to any of these areas often results to bleeding. To control bleeding,

  • Rinse your mouth with a mild salt-water solution
  • Take a moistened gauze to apply pressure on the injured site for 15-20 minutes. Alternatively use a tea bag.
  • To lessen the pain and at the same time stop bleeding, apply a cold compress for 5 to 10 minutes on the affected area.
  • If the bleeding and pain persist, continue to apply pressure on the area as you head to a dental emergency room.

Brunswick Smiles has its services available to anyone in the nearby areas: North Brunswick, South Brunswick, Kendall Park, Somerset, Franklin Park, Plainsboro, East Windsor, Princeton, Monroe, Jamesburg. We provide a range of professional and up-to-date dental services alongside our emergency clinic.

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