Emergency Dental Procedures

While patients usually have to make an appointment to see a dentist, some issues need immediate attention. If you’re currently experiencing a dental emergency, call Rutgers Health University Dental Associates, and request to be seen right away. If a dentist is not available, head straight to a hospital emergency room.

What is a Dental Emergency?
It can be hard for some patients to figure out whether they have a dental emergency or if the problem can wait. It varies from one facility to the next, but in general, the following are classified as dental emergencies:

  • A large portion of the tooth, or the entire tooth, has been knocked out
  • There’s a severe crack in the tooth
  • Nerve damage
  • Facial and/or dental trauma
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Infection or abscess, especially when accompanied by fever and pain

If any of these examples apply to you, use gauze to help stop any bleeding, apply a cold compress to reduce swelling, take acetometaphin for pain if it is safe for you to do so and gently rinse your mouth out with water. If the tooth has completely fallen out, put it in a safe container or in a cup of milk. The dentist may be able to successfully re-implant the tooth if you are seen in less than 30 minutes, and sometimes longer under certain conditions.

Emergency Dental Care
When you come in for an emergency, most procedures are only temporary to help fix the most immediate concerns, such as bleeding. You’ll probably need to go back for a follow-up and for any restorative procedures that may be needed.

What is Not a Dental Emergency?
Any issue that is not life-threatening or that won’t result in severe consequences is not considered a dental emergency. Chipped or slightly cracked teeth, for example, are considered to be cosmetic issues, not emergencies. If you’re concerned, call your dentist and explain the situation and he or she may be able to get you in. Cosmetic issues do not require a visit to the ER.

Rutgers Is Here to Help
Whether you’ve been in a sports-related injury or another type of accident, or are experiencing severe pain, the team at Rutgers Health University Dental Associates can offer emergency dental care. Contact the Newark office at 973-972-2444 or the New Brunswick office at 732-235-5050.