Our Emergency Dentistry Services
A dental emergency can happen in the blink of an eye. A fly ball at the weekend softball game turns your fun afternoon to a painful evening, or your evening bike ride is cut short by an unexpected pothole that sends you over the handle bars. Whatever the cause, dental emergencies can be sudden, terrifying, and inconvenient to say the least. What patients of all ages need most in this situation is a trusted team to fall back on for expert care and friendly support, and that’s just what we can provide for you here at D&G Dental. Dr. Dawoud, and Dr. Gencarelli will do everything in their power to provide same-day service that gives you the relief you need as quickly as possible. We have two convenient locations in West Orange and Caldwell, and patients from Verona, Roseland, Cedar Grove, and other northern New Jersey communities are also welcome. Don’t wait – contact us right away for emergency assistance!
Common Dental Emergencies
What constitutes a dental emergency? If you believe your situation requires urgent care, we trust your judgment, but just in case you’re hesitant, here are some of the most common cases our team would regard as urgent:
- Partially dislodged tooth
- Fully dislodged tooth
- Painful toothache
- Object stuck between teeth
- Dislodged filling or crown
- Crack or fracture in tooth
- Broken or bent partial or full denture
- Oral bleeding
- Injury to the gums or soft tissue
Preventing Dental Emergencies
While there are many dental emergencies that simply can’t be avoided, our patients can take steps to protect themselves from dental emergencies and oral damage. Some of the easiest ways to avoid dental emergency include:
- Take special care when eating foods that are particularly hard or sticky, and don’t chew the ice in your drink.
- Don’t use teeth to crack nuts.
- Always use scissors instead of your teeth to open difficult packaging.
- Wear a sportsguard when participating in athletic activities where any kind of contact can occur with other players, hard surfaces, or sporting equipment.
- Use a mouthguard as directed to protect teeth from nighttime teeth grinding and clenching.
- Brush teeth for at least two minutes at a time twice a day and floss daily.
- Attend regular dental checkups and professional teeth cleaning appointments with our team to prevent minor oral health concerns from turning into major dental work.
What You Can Do During a Dental Emergency
The most important thing you can do during a dental emergency is call our team for help. When you call, one of our trusted team members will walk you through first aid steps over the phone and schedule an appointment time for you to visit us as soon as possible. Some of the basics you should keep in mind include:
- Clean the damaged area with cool water, but don’t brush or scrub the tooth or soft tissue as this could cause additional damage.
- Apply pressure using gauze or clean cloth to stop bleeding or hold a partially dislodged tooth or dental restoration in place.
- Use cold compresses or ice packs at 20 minute intervals (20 on and 20 0ff) to relieve pain, reduce swelling, and slow bleeding.
- Take over the counter pain relievers as directed, but do not apply aspirin directly to a damaged tooth. This can cause soft tissue irritation or sores.
- Use floss to remove food or debris caught between teeth. If you cannot remove the object with floss or by swishing water around the tooth, do not use toothpicks or sharp objects to remove it.
- Retrieve knocked out teeth, parts of teeth, or dental restorations. Handle these delicate structures with care. Always hold a tooth by the crown and not the root. If possible, replace your tooth or restoration. If you can’t replace it, store the damaged tooth or dental restoration in a container filled with milk or water until you reach our office.
If you think you may be experiencing a broken jaw or life threatening dental emergency, don’t wait – go straight to your nearest emergency room for assistance. If you lost or damaged your teeth in the incident, contact our team afterwards so that we can arrange reconstructive care. Contact either our West Orange location or our Caldwell location if you’re in need of help. We’re happy to work with emergency medical professionals to provide dental repair as part of your emergency treatment plan.