What Constitutes a Dental Emergency?
A dental emergency is an issue in your mouth that requires immediate attention. If you’re bleeding, in severe pain, or about to lose a tooth and need treatment to stop further damage to your oral health, Dr. Mischissin can treat your emergency dental issue.
If you have a dental emergency, it can be difficult to know what to do. If you’re in pain or have injured your face and need help, call our office at (609) 465-4411 and we can guide you through your situation.
Common Dental Issues and Solutions
A toothache doesn’t necessarily mean you need an emergency appointment. We do recommend that you schedule an appointment with us so we can determine the reason for your toothache, even if we don’t need to see you immediately.
If you have a toothache, use a warm salt water rinse to cleanse your mouth and if your face is swollen, use a cold compress. You can also take over-the-counter pain medications to help with the aching.
If your toothache worsens or lasts for more than a day, contact our office for an emergency appointment.
Cuts on the Tongue, Lips, or Cheek
If you have a cut on the inside of your mouth that’s bleeding, apply pressure to the cut with a sterile gauze or clean cloth. If the bleeding doesn’t stop, go to an emergency room for immediate treatment.
If you can recover any fragments of your tooth, save them — we may be able to reattach them. Rinse the area with warm water and put a cold compress on your face in the area of your broken tooth. Call our office as soon as possible to schedule an appointment so we can help.
If you’ve knocked out a tooth, try and hold on to the tooth. Only touch the crown of your tooth, not the root. Don’t handle the tooth more than necessary, but try to keep it moist by placing it in a cup of your own saliva or milk.
If you can reinsert the tooth and hold it in your mouth, that can increase our chances of reattaching your tooth. Call us immediately to request an emergency appointment — knocked out teeth inserted within an hour of the incident may be recovered completely.
Damaged or Broken Jaw
If you believe you’ve broken bones in your face or jaw, you’ll need help from a physician. Tie your mouth closed with a cloth around your head to prevent further damage and head to the emergency room immediately.
When Should You See a Dentist?
If you’re ever in doubt about whether you’re experiencing a dental emergency, call our office by dialing (609) 465-4411 and we’ll be able to help you. We can determine if you’re experiencing a dental emergency and provide immediate guidance on navigating your situation.
Frequently Asked Questions
To see an emergency dentist, call Dr. Mischissin’s office at (609) 465-4411. We can speak to you about your situation and provide assistance with your emergency. If you require immediate attention, we’ll ask you to come in for an appointment with our emergency dentist.
A cavity usually isn’t a dental emergency and can wait until your next dental appointment to be dealt with. But if you’re in severe pain that isn’t going away, you may require an emergency appointment.
If you don’t get treatment for your cavity, it can become a serious issue. An abscessed tooth can be extremely painful and put your other teeth at risk — when your cavity progresses to this point, you may need root canal therapy or an extraction.
A dental problem is an emergency when you require immediate attention from a dentist. This may be in a case where you’re bleeding or have lost a tooth and time is of the essence. Severe infections that can threaten your teeth or spread to other parts of your body can also be emergencies.
If you’re not sure if you’re experiencing a dental emergency, call our office at (609) 465-4411. We’ll take the time to learn about the situation you’re in and provide guidance on navigating it — if you require an emergency appointment, we can make one for you.
Dr. Mischissin Provides Emergency Care
Dental emergencies can be scary — but here at Gentle Dental, we can help you through this situation and restore your smile. Call our office at (609) 465-4411 for more information and we’ll help you through your emergency.