There’s no doubt that dental emergencies can be unsettling. Everything’s going along fine, then you wake up with a toothache at 2 AM, or you break a tooth on a crusty piece of bread.
We know that any dental emergency can be upsetting, so at Gentle Hands Dental Care, we always plan our schedule leaving time for our patients who need to see us right away. If you need an emergency dentist in Hamilton, NJ, call Dr. Rae Van Natta at (609) 452-7772.
What Is a Dental Emergency?
Dental emergencies fall into one of two categories. The first is a sudden or unexpected emergency and would include an accident that results in broken, fractured, or knocked-out teeth. The second is a problem like a cavity that develops gradually and spreads, resulting in a toothache.
If you’re in doubt about whether or not you have a dental emergency, call our Hamilton dental office first. Our knowledgeable team will listen to your concerns and either make an appointment for the same day or tell you how to handle the situation until you can get in to see us.
However, being armed with information the next time you encounter a dental emergency can give you peace of mind of knowing you are taking proper care of the problem.
We have less than two hours after a tooth is knocked-out to have any hope of re-implanting it successfully in its socket. Handle the tooth carefully and do not touch the root or attached tissue. You can try to gently reinsert the tooth, but if that’s not possible, hold it in your cheek pocket or place it in a container of milk or saliva to keep the root moist until you get to our office.
If you have a toothache that’s so severe you can’t function, call us right away! Tooth pain is not normal, and severe pain is a sign that there is a serious problem that requires immediate treatment. Until you get to our office, try using an ice pack on and off for 20 minutes and take ibuprofen to relieve the pain.
Fractured or Broken Tooth
Unless you are in pain or the tooth breaks below your gumline, a broken tooth isn’t typically a critical dental emergency. We do need to treat the tooth with a dental crown or filling promptly, however, to prevent bacteria from entering it and causing decay or an infection.
Lost Dental Crown or Filling
Losing a dental crown or filling is annoying but not usually painful. However, we do need to see you as soon as possible to protect the tooth from further damage. A lost filling needs to be replaced, but in many cases, we can cement your crown back in place. Wrap the crown in tissue and keep in a safe place until you get to our office.
Call with Your Dental Emergency
If you are concerned about anything out of the ordinary with your dental health, please call us so we can help you. If it’s after hours, call our main number for instructions for getting in touch with Dr. Van Natta.