Dental Emergencies

What is a dental emergency?

A dental emergency is any acute situation that causes pain, difficulty chewing or esthetic embarrassment.  Dental emergencies are often caused by untreated cavities and direct trauma to the teeth and mouth.  Emergencies are best handled by a professional immediately. Untreated emergencies tend to lead to greater complications and may include surrounding teeth. Do not despair though, as Dr. Davidson can handle your emergency quickly and get you out of pain.

After Hours Emergencies:

For severe dental emergencies after hours, such as significant infection, pain, trauma or lost teeth, please call us at Michael Davidson D.M.D. & Michael Deenihan D.D.S. Phone Number (973) 744-9330 to find out about our emergency services and instructions.

What to do if a tooth is knocked out:

For permanent teeth that are knocked out, rinse the tooth and put it back in the socket.  If you can’t get the tooth back in the socket, place it in a container of milk, water or saliva to keep it moist.  Do not touch the yellow/orange roots (handle the tooth by the white top) and don’t brush the tooth.  Contact us IMMEDIATELY for information and emergency treatment – the sooner you get to us, the more likely we can save your tooth!

For baby teeth that are unexpectedly knocked out, leave them out and contact us immediately for instructions.

Other Emergency Dental Situations:

  • Substantial Toothache
  • Significant Sensitivity
  • Swollen or Sore Gums
  • Jaw Pain
  • Infection
  • Broken, Cracked and Chipped Teeth
  • Broken Fillings
  • Lost Crown

Pain Management:

If you can’t make it to our office immediately, here is a list of effective home remedies to make you more comfortable:

  • Warm salt water rinses for sore teeth and gums (1/2 teaspoon of salt to a cup of warm water).
  • Over the counter pain medication such as ibuprofen (do NOT chew or crush aspirin and place it near the tooth).
  • Ice packs applied to the outside of cheeks.
  • Dental anesthetics containing benzocaine may be used as directed on the package for pain.
  • Avoid overly hot and cold beverages and foods to reduce sensitivity.
  • Heating pads may be used for jaw pain.
  • Avoid chewing in the injured area.
  • If a broken tooth has a sharp edge, soft orthodontic wax (found at most drug stores) can be placed over it to protect soft tissues in your mouth.

Pain-Free Emergencies:  Some dental emergencies may not cause pain initially.  For example, a cracked tooth may not hurt, but it may lead to nerve damage in the roots.  For this reason, all of the listed conditions need immediate attention, whether or not pain is present.

We are here to help.  We urge you to call us at the first sign of a dental emergency!