It can happen in a heartbeat. You are outside playing with the kids during a high-energy game. A surprise move from your child leads to a chipped tooth. Or you may wake up one morning with a severe toothache in the side of your mouth. Whenever you have a tooth injury or experience extreme pain, it is time for an emergency dental appointment.
A tooth can be knocked out due to a variety of reasons like a sports injury or tooth decay. Any time that you lose a tooth, this is definitely a situation requiring emergency dental care. Many times, we can salvage the tooth and reattach it into its socket. However, this should be done quickly, inside a one or two-hour window.
Did you know that a chipped tooth is the most common type of dental emergency? Minor chips can develop due to eating foods like nuts or chicken bones. But a more common reason for a chipped tooth is some type of injury or accident like sports or exercise. Many people are self-conscious about walking around with a huge chip on a tooth, but this situation can be easily repaired using dental bonding, a dental crown or dental veneer.
An even worse situation than a chipped tooth is one that is broken. Sometimes a tooth break can be caused by a minor or concealed chip. Broken teeth tend to cause severe pain for the sufferer. This situation does require emergency care since a break in a tooth can allow bacteria to penetrate into it, eventually causing the loss of this tooth.
As strange as it may sound, a piece of lodged food in the wrong place can lead to an actual dental emergency. When a tooth gets crammed deep inside of a crevice, it can lead to inflammation and severe pain.
Another dental emergency situation involves the loss of a dental filling, which happens more than you may realize. Whenever you lose a dental filling, emergency care is required immediately. Neglecting the situation risks additional damage to your tooth.
An adult should never have a loose tooth. By this point, all of your teeth should have matured completely and be firmly anchored in your mouth. If you should ever notice that your teeth are feeling loose, a number of things could be occurring. This could be an indication of a tooth injury that can be extremely painful. If this is the case, contact us immediately for emergency dental care.
No matter if your loose tooth was the result of something like a car accident or sports-related trauma, you need to ensure that all of your teeth are intact and strong. Even if they outwardly appear okay, you may still want to have us check it out so that we can rule out any nerve or jaw damage.
A loose tooth can also be caused by a local infection. To really get a solid picture of what is occurring, a dentist needs to look at it right away. If your loose tooth causes a toothache, you may be experiencing infection symptoms, such as that caused by dental cavities or gum disease.
We may conduct an oral exam or take x-rays to give us an idea of the cause of the problem. Early intervention can help keep any infection from spreading further, or prevent a tooth from needing to be extracted.
If you have a toothache that is causing severe pain, this is an indication that you require emergency dental care to obtain immediate pain relief. A minor toothache may be able to be treated at home until you can visit your dentist. Toothaches can be caused by a number of reasons, so we eventually need to check things out and recommend any needed treatment at that time.
Of course, the best thing is to prevent a toothache from happening in the first place. But we realize that this is not always possible. Habits and lifestyle choices can have an impact, and suddenly you are left with a very uncomfortable toothache. If you find that the pain is too intense, or is affected by touch or sensitivity to temperature, it is time to visit your dentist.
Whenever you experience an injury to your teeth or mouth, it is time to seek emergency dental care. In the event of a suspected dental emergency, please contact the office of Aesthetic Dental Center of Hackensack right away.
If you have difficulty reaching us in a timely manner, we would advise you to go to the emergency room of a nearby hospital for real dental emergencies.
We take our patients’ privacy seriously. Please refrain from providing any personal health or sensitive information. Call us at (201) 488-8866 to schedule your appointment over the phone.
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- Ilene Matza
“This is the best dentist office I have ever been to. The staff is very polite and answers any questions you might have. My doctor was very helpful and explained me what to do in my situation. This place I can record in a heart beat Trust me you would never regret choosing this dentist center”
- Viktoriya Grabovetska
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