What Constitutes a Dental Emergency?

Your pipes rarely break during business hours. Nor does the toilet overflow. Dental emergencies are usually the same. That pickup football game, you know the one where you loosened your tooth, it’s not played during office hours. That’s why the Doctors of Dental Medicine offers 24-hour emergency availability seven days a week.

Dental emergencies aren’t something to wait until Monday to solve. Sometimes quick action can save a tooth. Here are some cases when emergency dental service is needed.

Knocked out teeth
dental emergencyYou were playing catch with your budding pitcher son when you looked away and he threw the ball anyway. Ouch. Now you have two teeth lying on the ground. First, retrieve the teeth and rinse them off with water. Don’t scrub or clean them, just rinse. Don’t remove any tissue fragments; they may help save your teeth. Try and put them back in place, but if you can’t, put them in a glass of milk or water with a pinch of salt. The tooth or teeth has/have a better chance of being saved if you get to us within the first few hours.

Broken crowns or fillings
Did you bite into something and out came your crown? Or did a caramel pull out an old filling? Call us right away. As a temporary fix, you can fill the gap with sugarless gum or dental cement. But don’t use sugared gum as that will hurt. If a crown is off, find it and bring it with you. Reattach it is possible and you can keep it in place with over-the-counter dental cement or denture adhesive. For pain relief you can go old school and use clove oil (in the drug store or spice aisle in the grocery). It relieves sensitivity in the area.

Toothaches
Toothaches may not be emergencies. It depends on the degree of pain. Thoroughly rinse your mouth with warm water to make sure it’s clean, and floss to remove any food lodged between your teeth. There are brush-on over-the-counter toothache relievers, but don’t get the substance on your gums. The key is duration — if the toothache lasts more than a day or two, call us.

Objects stuck between your teeth
Try and floss them out. If they don’t come out, call us. Don’t use sharp objects to try and dislodge them.

Emergencies don’t usually follow office hours. No worries. Call the team at the Doctors of Dental Medicine at 732-329-3113 and we’ll take care of the problem.

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