An abscessed tooth, broken tooth, or bleeding mouth wound are all situations that require emergency dental care. Jeffrey Shapiro, DDS, at Complete Dental Care of Jamesburg, can meet the emergency dentistry needs of your entire family. If you, or a loved one, experience a dental emergency, call Complete Dental Care of Jamesburg or use the online booking to check available openings.
Emergency Dentistry Q & A
What is emergency dentistry?
Emergency dentists like Dr. Shapiro treat oral injuries that require immediate medical attention. Situations requiring urgent dental care often involve saving knocked out or broken teeth or dealing with swelling, decay, or an infected tooth.
If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, call Complete Dental Care of Jamesburg to speak to a team member so you can schedule an appointment as soon as possible.
When should I see the dentist for emergency care?
You should seek immediate emergency dental care whenever you or a family member suffers a severe oral injury or experiences an excruciating condition that affects your teeth or mouth.
Emergency dentistry services often include care for:
- Knocked-out teeth
- Loose permanent teeth
- Intense tooth or mouth pain
- Bleeding inside your mouth
- Injury to your face or mouth
- Swelling of your tongue, gums, or mouth
- An abscessed tooth
- A fractured or cracked tooth
- Cut or tear on your lips
If you chip a tooth, but it doesn’t appear you’ll lose the tooth entirely, it may not constitute a dental emergency. Even so, you can still call the experienced team at Complete Dental Care of Jamesburg. They’re trained to handle dental emergencies and walk you through what to do with your tooth until you can visit the office.
What should I do if my tooth is knocked out?
When you lose an adult tooth, it’s a serious dental emergency. Without immediate care, you may be at risk of losing the tooth permanently.
As soon as you lose a tooth, clean both the injured tooth and inside your mouth. Rinse your mouth and tooth with lukewarm water, and avoid touching or holding the tooth’s roots. Hold the tooth by the crown (the smooth white top part) as you rinse it.
After rinsing the tooth, try to place it back into the socket in your gum. Close your mouth slowly, holding the tooth in place with your fingers or gently biting down to help keep it in place until you can visit Complete Dental Care of Jamesburg.
If you can’t put the tooth back in your mouth, put it in a cup of milk or in your mouth next to your cheek to help preserve it until you arrive at the office.
What are the symptoms of a tooth infection?
Tooth infections are caused by bacteria and usually manifest as abscesses, which are pockets of pus in or around the tooth root. They’re quite painful and include symptoms like:
- Swelling around your cheek
- Throbbing pain radiating from your neck, tooth, or jaw
- Swollen lymph nodes in your neck
- Sensitivity to cold, heat, or pressure
Tooth infections and abscesses can become very serious if not treated promptly.
If you’re experiencing the symptoms of a tooth infection or another issue requiring emergency dentistry, call Complete Dental Care of Jamesburg, or use the online booking to check available openings.