What is considered a dental emergency?

young man feeling pain holding his cheek with hand At Gentle Dental Care, we provide preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry for Edison, NJ patients. In addition, we also help patients who are in the middle of dental emergencies. If you have experienced damage or injury to the mouth, it is vital that you seek dental assistance as soon as you can to address the problem at hand.

Considerations during a dental emergency

If you experience a dental emergency, you need to see a dentist right away. However, there are some things you should keep in mind before heading to the dentist. Here are some considerations during a dental emergency:

  • First and foremost, if you are experiencing bleeding, pain, or swelling, you need to control the bleeding immediately. Rinse the mouth with warm water, and then apply pressure to the bleeding area with a clean cloth. If the bleeding does not resolve, head to the emergency room.
  • If you have knocked out a tooth, try to locate the tooth and bring it with you to Gentle Dental Care. Rinse off the tooth but do not scrub it or handle it by the root. If possible, return the tooth back in the socket. If you cannot do this, place the tooth in a cup of liquid like milk or water.
  • For a cracked tooth, rinse the mouth immediately with warm water and apply a cold compress to the mouth. See our dentist as soon as possible.
  • If you have anything caught between your teeth, try to remove it with floss. Please do not use anything sharp to pick at your teeth as this could damage them further. If you cannot remove the object, see our team.

Connect with our dental team to obtain assistance during your dental emergency

For any type of dental emergency, it is essential that you see a dentist as soon as possible. This will ensure your teeth are healthy and that any potential problems are taken care of quickly before they become a more serious issue. At Gentle Dental Care, Drs. Brad Strober and Rebecca Kucharsky Hiess of Edison, NJ, can provide immediate care in many situations. Call 732-549-5660 to schedule a same-day appointment for your necessary dental needs.

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