Applegarth Dental & Orthodontics
Cosmetic Dentist & General Dentist located in East Windsor, NJ
When you have pain from a toothache, or you suffer an injury resulting in a loose or knocked-out tooth, it’s essential to seek emergency care to protect your dental health. The team at Applegarth Dental in East Windsor, New Jersey, provides expert care for all types of dental emergencies, delivering pain relief and preserving your teeth. If you have a dental emergency, or you’re not sure whether your problem is an emergency, call the office for advice and to schedule an appointment.
Dental Emergencies Q & A
When should you seek emergency dental care?
The principal symptoms indicating you have a dental emergency are pain, bleeding, loss of a tooth, or damage to a tooth. Examples of dental problems that may require emergency care include:
- Knocked-out tooth
- Permanent tooth that’s loose
- Chipped or broken tooth
- Abscessed tooth
- Object stuck in the gums or mouth
- Bleeding due to any cause
- Loose wire from braces
What should you do with a knocked-out tooth?
Dr. Alahari can often replace a knocked-out tooth if you keep the tooth moist and get to the dentist as soon as possible. There are two ways to protect a knocked-out tooth:
Gently place the tooth back into its socket, if possible, or hold it between your cheek and gum. If the tooth is dirty, hold it by the crown and rinse it with water, being careful not to touch the roots. This method isn’t advisable for younger children who may swallow the tooth.
Place the tooth in a cup and cover it with milk. You could also use an emergency tooth preservation kit if you happen to have one on hand.
What should you do for other dental emergencies?
If you’re not sure whether you have an emergency, call Applegarth Dental, and they’ll determine if you need an immediate appointment or whether a next-day appointment is suitable. Here are a few guidelines:
Cracked or chipped tooth
A cracked or chipped tooth is a dental emergency when the injury is deep enough to affect the pulp in the center of your tooth, or when you’re in pain. Avoid using the tooth and don’t eat or drink anything that’s too cold or too hot.
You may relieve some of the pain by rinsing with warm salt water and flossing to remove food particles that could irritate the tooth. Although you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever, do not place aspirin on the tooth.
Bleeding tongue or lip
Clean or rinse the area and apply gentle pressure with a clean cloth to stop the bleeding. You can also use a cold compress to prevent swelling. Call Applegarth Dental if the bleeding doesn’t stop, you have a deep cut, or a tooth is loose or broken.
Item stuck in your tongue, gum, or cheek
Contact Applegarth Dental rather than trying to remove items that are firmly stuck. Dr. Alahari can safely remove it without damaging the surrounding tissues.
If you have dental pain, bleeding, or a damaged tooth, call the office to receive emergency care.