Accidents are unpredictable, so are dental emergencies, which is why it is necessary to have an emergency dentist in your contacts along with other hotline numbers. At the Dental Arts of South Jersey, we provide emergency care and treatment to patients who experience trauma to their mouth or teeth due to an accident.
Dental emergencies require immediate treatment for the following reasons:
The following situations call for emergency dental attention:
Avulsion is the complete removal of the tooth root from the alveolar bone and gum tissue. This can happen when a tooth gets knocked out due to trauma or blunt force. The nerves, blood vessels, and tissues in the tooth may become damaged. However, if it is placed back into its socket within one hour, the tissues have a possibility to regrow and the tooth can be anchored back into the gums.
In order to salvage the tooth, here are the steps you should follow:
We will do our best to restore the tooth into the socket. However, if the damage is too extensive, our dentists may recommend other treatments such as implant placement.
It’s possible for a crown, filling, or other dental restorations to come loose when you’re eating. This may indicate that the inner tooth is decaying and its shape is changing, causing the restoration to loosen.
Restorations and prosthetics can also break due to trauma. When this happens, the affected tooth will become overly sensitive because of the exposure of its inner parts. Eating, drinking, and extreme temperatures may cause extreme pain and affect your daily activities.
Like an avulsed tooth, a fallen crown can possibly be restored if the proper emergency care is applied. Call us immediately so that we can plan the treatment of your fallen restoration before you arrive.
Before coming in to our dental office, get the crown or restoration and keep it in a clean and cool place to prevent it from warping. This will make it easier to reinsert. However, you need to get to our office quickly because your exposed tooth may incur damage which can prevent the successful reinsertion of the crown.
If, at the moment you experience the emergency, you are unable to come to our office, here are some steps to follow:
Once you come into our office, one of our dentists will inspect your exposed tooth and see if the restoration can be reattached. If there is existing decay on the tooth, it will have to be cleaned and a new restoration will be custom-made to fit the newly treated tooth.
Breaking a tooth is quite common, especially when caused by trauma. Biting on a very hard object can also cause chipping. If the damage is small, it is unlikely there will be any pain. However, if the crack reaches the inner tissues or roots of the tooth, there may be pain.
If your teeth get fractured or cracked, you should visit our dental office to get immediate evaluation and restoration. Leaving the teeth exposed can cause sensitivity and worsen the damage. It’s simple to restore a fractured tooth, typically using composite fillings, veneers, or crowns. The finished tooth will look just like your original tooth, perhaps even better.
Unlike avulsed teeth, a loosened tooth may remain in the gum socket but it may wiggle, causing pain and difficulty eating. If this happens, the tooth has a higher chance of survival as long as it remains attached to the blood vessels, and root canal therapy will not be needed.
While waiting for your emergency appointment, apply cold compress to reduce inflammation and take pain relief medications to ease the discomfort. Our dentists will work on repositioning and, if necessary, splinting the tooth to ensure that it remains in place.
If the emergency treatment does not work, root canal therapy may be recommended.
In the event that you or someone you know suffers a dental emergency, call us right away at (856) 942-1738 or set up an appointment with us by filling out the online request form.
We can accommodate your dental concerns from Mondays to Fridays, 8 am to 5 pm, but we attend to emergency situations immediately. Just give us a call at (856) 942-1738 and we will prepare all of the necessary tools and resources to administer your treatment as soon as you arrive.