Emergency Dental Services

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Emergency Dental Services

When toothaches seem to appear out of nowhere, Hamilton Dental Associates is here to treat emergency dental medicine in Hamilton, NJ! While we encourage you to avoid dental emergencies by keeping up with routine checkups and oral care, we know that some situations are unavoidable.

Our staff is skilled in many emergency dental services, including emergency dental extraction and other dental urgent care situations. To ensure that you get the treatment you are desperately seeking, it is necessary to determine what qualifies as a true dental emergency.

Is My Toothache an Emergency?

Generally, even though your tooth may be causing an extreme amount of pain, the reason for the pain is the determining factor in whether or not it is truly a case that requires attention from an emergency dentist.

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Loose or Missing Teeth

A tooth that is very loose or knocked out will require emergency dental services. Teeth that are traumatized slightly out of alignment, or minorly luxated, can sometimes be gently guided back into place until you can get into the office. Lightly biting down on a loose tooth to hold it in the socket can help keep it in place as well. For teeth that are outside of the mouth and cannot be put back into the socket, save the tooth!  Do not rinse it, but do store it in milk, saliva, or pre-bought tooth saving solution until you can attend your appointment.

Chipped Teeth

Teeth that have been chipped, fractured, or cracked may also classify as emergencies. If there is no pain present, it is usually not necessary to see an emergency dentist. If a tooth breaks beneath your gums, however, you may need an evaluation for an emergency dental extraction. For these situations, thoroughly rinse your mouth out with warm water. For pain, taking acetaminophen according to the directions on the packaging can help. If there is swelling, apply a cold compress to the area to minimize it.

Bleeding Gums

Another situation that may require urgent dental care is ongoing tissue bleeding from the gums that cannot be stopped. A severe infection can cause swelling or abscess that may “pop” or break open and present with continual production of blood or pus. If this is happening to you, call an emergency dentist right away so that the active infection can be addressed.

Facial Trauma

Facial trauma can result in needing an emergency dentist. Accidents commonly happen while playing sports outside as many do regularly, or while playing actively in close quarters with multiple family members, like during the COVID-19 lockdowns. An unintentional hit to the face or mouth can most certainly be painful, and, in severe cases, require immediate attention from a dental professional.  If the trauma presents with ongoing bleeding to the gums, tooth fracture or any of the other above described scenarios, a call to an emergency dentist is in order.

Third Molar Wisdom Teeth and Pericoronitis

Severe pain can sometimes occur with unerupted molars and the gum tissue above them.  If pain occurs that one cannot control or that wakes one up throughout the night, a call to the emergency dentist may be warranted.

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Creating a Dental First Aid Kit

While dental emergencies can happen at any time, having a first aid kit on hand designed for urgent dental care is especially necessary. We recommend keeping a small container with a lid filled with the following to create your personal dental first aid kit:

  • Contact information for your dentist.
  • Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen. Do not take ibuprofen in cases with bleeding, as it can thin blood and cause excessive bleeding.  Aspirin is never recommended for pain control especially in children as it can cause serious life threatening reactions.
  • An instant cold pack.
  • Rubber gloves – but don’t forget about latex allergies!
  • Salt for making saline solution, or pre-bought tooth saving solution.

If you believe you are experiencing a dental emergency, contact Hamilton Dental Associates to inquire about our emergency dental services.

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What is a true dental emergency?

As outlined above, true dental emergencies include:

  • Bleeding that does not stop
  • Trauma to the face or mouth
  • Some cracked, chipped, or fractured teeth with pain present
  • A knocked out or loosened tooth.
  • Severe third molar pain that cannot be controlled (keeps one awake throughout the night)
  • Severe irritation or inflammation of the tissue above erupting second or third molars (pericoronitis)

If you are suffering from any of these issues, contact us for emergency dental services in Hamilton, NJ.

If I don’t qualify for emergency dental services, how can I get toothache pain relief at home?

Acetaminophen and cold compresses go a long way to ease discomfort until you can see a dentist. Additionally, numbing gels or pastes can alleviate the pain long enough for sufferers to get to sleep.