Dental Emergencies

4 Types of Dental Emergencies

If you should ever have a dental emergency, your dentist needs to be the first person that you call. We are typically available for emergency procedures and can make sure that you find immediate care if we happen to not be available at the time.

Let's take a look at some possible dental emergencies and how to handle them if they should occur to you or a family member.

1. Knocked Out Tooth

A knocked out tooth is definitely a type of dental emergency requiring immediate attention. If you follow the below steps, there is a very good chance that the tooth can be reinserted and preserved by your dentist.

  • Pick the tooth up by grasping the top part of the tooth. Do not handle the tooth roots.
  • Gently rinse off the tooth so that it is clean. Do not vigorously clean the tooth or attached tissue.
  • If able, place the tooth carefully back into its socket.
  • If the tooth cannot be placed back into its socket, place it in a container or cup of milk. Keep it moist.
  • Immediately contact Aesthetic Dental Center, because timing is of the essence to save the knocked-out tooth. The longer you wait, the less chance you have of saving the tooth.

2. Bleeding Gums

If your gums are chronically bleeding whenever you brush or floss, or for any reason, this could indicate the presence of periodontal disease. Commonly known as gum disease, this is a serious condition that can progress to the point that you lose your teeth.

However, gum disease is a progressive condition that does not typically require emergency dental care. If we are not currently treating you for gum disease, you do need to schedule an appointment with us at your earliest possible convenience.

3. Fractures, Chipped or Cracked Teeth

If you have a chipped tooth that does not hurt, this does not normally comprise a dental emergency. Simply wait until you are able to make a regular appointment. Just be careful to not further damage it when chewing. We should be able to repair the tooth by smoothing it out or using some filling materials.

Having a fracture or cracked tooth does involve a dental emergency. This normally involves damage to the interior of the tooth, as well as the outer part. If you fracture a tooth, call us right away for an emergency appointment and take the following steps:

  • Gently rinse your mouth out using warm water.
  • If facial trauma caused your fracture, apply a cold compress to alleviate swelling.
  • Take over-the-counter pain relievers, not aspirin, to reduce pain.
  • Do not apply a pain reliever right onto the gums since it could burn sensitive gum tissue. 

4. Other Types of Dental Emergencies

Patients often wonder what comprises a dental emergency. Basically, if immediate treatment is needed to save a tooth, alleviate severe pain, or stop chronic tissue bleeding, this should be considered as a dental emergency.

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If you or a loved one should suffer any type of dental emergency, please contact Aesthetic Dental Center of Bergen County immediately so that we can provide pain relief and the appropriate treatment.

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I was seen a little earlier than my scheduled appointment so that was a plus. The dental office was immaculate! My tooth extraction was done in less than 5 minutes. I didn’t even realize it was out until he said ok all done!! Absolutely no pain, no pressure! The oral surgeon was brilliant! I’ll highly recommend this a million times!!

- Emelyn Gonzalez

I chipped my tooth and needed a new sentient. I called the Ridgefield park office and spoke to a very friendly, professional receptionist and was able to get an appointment soon. The dentist did a beautiful job with my tooth. I would recommend this place 💯

- Joan Gennaro

Dr. Jennie Lee was very patient and so good with my 4-yr-old son. He was at ease and sat through the whole filling treatment without any difficulty. They were very accommodating to his needs and didn't give him any unnecessary treatment just to take your money. Highly recommend!! Staff is friendly as well.

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