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How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies

March 11, 2021
Posted By: Randolph Dental Associates
woman holding jaw from dental pain during emergency

Dental emergencies can happen to anyone, and when an emergency does occur, it can be scary. If you’re wondering how to handle an emergency involving your teeth or gums, we are here to help you. 

Dr. Christopher Kaplan at Randolph Dental Associates, LLC is experienced in treating dental emergencies. 

To help you understand emergency dental situations better, we’ve listed four common types of dental emergencies and how to handle them. 

1. Broken Tooth

Natural teeth are generally durable, but a tooth can break or fracture. Whether your tooth has broken or cracked, it could require emergency dental treatment. A broken tooth may be extremely painful, or it may be painless. Either way, it’s important to contact our dental office as soon as possible. 

Before you reach our office, you can clean the area by rinsing your mouth out with warm water. If you have a tooth fragment, rinse it in water as well. If there’s bleeding, apply gauze to slow or stop it, and apply a cold, damp towel to your face to minimize swelling.

2. Tooth Infection

A dental abscess or tooth infection is a serious health issue that should never be ignored. Symptoms of an infection in your mouth include inflamed gums, a noticeable abscess, pain, discharge, tooth pain, and swelling in your cheek or jaw. 

If you suspect an infection, contact our dental office immediately to schedule an emergency dental appointment. We do not recommend at-home treatment for an infected tooth or abscess. 

When it comes to tooth infections, we often schedule same-day dental appointments for patients to ensure they are treated as soon as possible. This prevents the infection from spreading, leading to further health problems.

3. Jaw Pain

If you’re experiencing severe or prolonged jaw pain, you should reach out to us so we can evaluate your dental situation. Jaw pain can be a sign of an underlying infection or another dental problem that needs emergency treatment. 

Until you reach our office, over-the-counter medication may help reduce pain. Applying a hot or cold compress to your jaw may also provide relief.

4. Tooth Pain

Severe tooth pain may require emergency treatment. If you experience severe tooth pain, whether it is sudden or prolonged, you should contact our dental team immediately to schedule a dental appointment.

Until you reach our dental office for treatment, our dental team may recommend taking an over-the-counter medication to reduce pain. We also recommend placing a cold compress against your cheek to reduce pain and swelling.

Where Can I Find an Emergency Dentist Near Me?

If you need an emergency dentist in Randolph, NJ, we are here to help you. Call our empathetic dental team for assistance with your dental emergency for fast, understanding emergency treatment.

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