Emergency Dentistry – Parsippany, NJ
Urgent Treatment for Smiles in Need
A dental emergency can take anyone by surprise. While caring for your teeth with regular hygiene and trips to the dentist can help you avoid a toothache or other oral health problem, you simply can’t plan for a dental injury like a knocked out or broken tooth. If you or someone you are close to experiences a dental emergency, you will need to find a professional who can help—and fast. Fortunately, the team at Rauchberg Dental Group provides high-quality emergency dentistry for Parsippany friends and families. Keep reading to find out more about how their attention can help rescue your smile when you need it most!
How to Handle a Dental Emergency
Many patients delay getting the emergency treatment they need because they are unsure if what they are experiencing counts as a “real emergency.” Give our practice a call, and we can provide guidance for your situation and schedule an appointment for you as soon as possible. Getting professional care could mean the difference in saving the tooth or not.
Be sure to floss around the painful tooth to make sure that nothing is stuck. For persistent pain, you can take over-the-counter medication and apply a cold compress to your face. Toothaches most often result from decay that has penetrated deep into the tooth. As a result, we may need to perform a root canal in order to save the tooth.
Find the pieces of the tooth, store them for possible reattachment, and rinse the mouth out. Apply an ice pack to reduce swelling if necessary, and be sure to cover the remaining part of your tooth with sugar-free gum or dental wax to prevent cuts within your mouth. Our team will do the best we can to salvage the tooth, but if it has sustained too much damage, we may need to consider extracting it.
Once you locate the tooth, pick it up by the crown—not the root. Gently rinse it off and put it back into the socket or hold it between your cheek and gums until you arrive at our office. It is critical that you come as soon as you can, preferably within an hour, if you want to save the natural tooth.
Try to locate your lost restoration and put it back onto the tooth. For temporary stability, you can use sugarless gum or a dab of toothpaste. Avoid using that tooth for eating until you’re able to come in, and be sure to visit us as soon as possible for a replacement and to avoid future infection.
Preventing Dental Emergencies
Your emergency dentist in Parsippany will provide rapid treatment to get you out of pain and on with your life sooner, rather than later. However, you can avoid many dental emergencies altogether by taking these steps:
- Brushing and flossing your teeth every day.
- Visiting Rauchberg Dental Group twice every year for checkups and cleanings.
- Wearing a mouthguard when you play sports.
- Using the proper tools to open packaging instead of your teeth.
- Avoiding chewing on ice, pens, popcorn kernels, etc.
The Cost of a Dental Emergency
Each dental emergency is different and therefore requires different treatment and cost. If you’re worried about how much you’ll owe for dental treatment, you may initially think that you could save money by putting it off until later. But that’s precisely what you shouldn’t do! Oral problems only get worse with time, meaning that you’ll end up spending more down the road than you would have if you had come in and treated it sooner.
Please do not hesitate to get in touch with our office the next time you or a loved one find yourself in the middle of a dental emergency. Getting urgent care can help to save your smile -- so save our number in your phone today! We can be reached during office hours at 973-233-4603. If we aren’t in the office, leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Dental Emergency FAQs
Are you worried about what steps to take in case you experience a dental emergency? When you contact our team at Rauchberg Dental Group, we’ll walk you through first-aid steps over the phone and make sure that you ger the immediate dental care that you need. We’ve also answered some common questions that we receive from our patients below, for your convenience.
Should I visit the ER or an emergency dentist?
In the midst of a stressful dental emergency, it can be hard to make a clear decision about whether you should visit your local ER or an emergency dentist. In most cases, visiting an emergency dentist is your best bet because it will ensure that you get the specialized care you need to make sure that the issue doesn’t come back. However, there are certain situations that may require immediate medical attention before our team is able to address your dental needs. These include broken or fractured jawbones, deep facial lacerations that require stitches, and any issue that’s impacting your ability to easily breathe or swallow. In these cases, it’s imperative that you go to your ER. Once you’re stabilized, you can contact our office to schedule an emergency appointment to address your dental needs.
If you’re ever in doubt about where you need to go, you can speak with our team and tell them your symptoms. We’ll be more than happy to help guide you to the facilities where you need to be at.
Will I need to get a root canal?
Many patients are horrified to hear that they need a root canal because they only know its terrible reputation. However, this treatment allows us to actually ease many patients’ severe tooth pain as well as preserve their natural smile. Patients who require root canal therapy are often experiencing painful toothaches that keep them from being able to focus at work or wake them up in the middle of the night. These are often a result of an infection hidden deep beneath the surface that’s attacking the sensitive pulp. The best way to learn whether you need a root canal is to visit our office so we can examine your mouth and diagnose the issue that’s causing you pain.
How can I get rid of facial swelling?
If you’re experiencing facial swelling due to an infection or trauma, you can place a cold compress on the outside of your face for 10 minutes on, 10 minutes off, for up to an hour. This will bring down any puffiness as well as ease any pain that you’re experiencing.