Dental emergencies might not be expected, but when they happen, they require immediate attention. That’s why David Basar, DDS, and the team at Advanced Smile Dentistry in Toms River, New Jersey, provide as-needed emergency dentistry appointments to patients of all ages who are in need of immediate professional care. If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, call Advanced Smile Dentistry or book your same-day appointment online today.
Any oral injury, trauma, acute pain, or problem that you can’t successfully remedy, manage, or relieve on your own counts as a dental emergency. The team at Advanced Smile Dentistry treats all kinds of emergency dental problems right in their office, including:
If you experience a dental emergency during regular office hours, call Advanced Smile Dentistry as soon as possible for a same-day urgent care appointment. If your dental emergency happens outside of normal office hours, head to your local urgent care center or emergency room for immediate attention.
If you or your child has had a permanent tooth knocked out in an accident or while playing sports, it’s important to seek immediate professional care. Receiving proper, timely care can mean the difference between saving your natural tooth or requiring an artificial replacement.
But before you reach Advanced Smile Dentistry, there are a few steps you should take to ensure the lost tooth stays vital. After you rinse it gently to remove any dirt or debris, you must keep it moist. You can accomplish this by setting it back in its socket or immersing it in a small, clean container of water or milk.
If you do try setting the tooth back in its socket, do so gently; pushing it down too hard can damage the delicate tissues that make future bone reattachment possible.
Immediate injury care for a broken, cracked, or severely chipped tooth begins by gently rinsing your mouth with warm water. If you’re in a significant amount of pain, you can take ibuprofen (not aspirin) and place a cold compress or ice pack over the area to reduce swelling.
Then, as soon as you can, call Advanced Smile Dentistry for a same-day urgent care appointment. Once you arrive at the office, your dentist can evaluate the extent of your problem and decide the best course of action.
While no one can prevent unexpected or sudden accidents, you can take steps to safeguard your oral health — and your child’s oral health — in certain situations. Many pediatric dental emergencies happen during sports play. Simply having your child wear protective gear like a mouthguard can go a long way to preventing a lost or broken permanent tooth.
Likewise, most emergency root canals are the result of a deep, long-standing tooth infection that could have been prevented with routine professional cleanings and exams. Advanced Smile Dentistry is well-equipped to handle any emergency dentistry need. To learn more, call or book online today.