Dental Emergencies

A Dental Emergency Can Occur at Any Time

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Even if you take good care of your teeth, unexpected problems can happen. Whether you miss an appointment to fill a cavity or break a crown unexpectedly, getting these problems taken care of right away can help keep you in good health. If you don’t, the problem can get worse, leading to more health problems. Getting emergency dental care at the first sign of trouble will repair damage to your teeth, heal infections, and make sure you have the healthy, beautiful smile you deserve.

Emergency Dental Services

Some dental services are more urgent than others. If left untreated, some conditions can lead to more serious health problems, including severe infections. Emergency dental problems may not always cause pain, but severe pain can be a good sign that you need to be seen and treated by an emergency dentist. Emergency dental problems can arise from a wide range of issues, including cavities, a broken tooth, or a bacterial infection, among others. While the underlying issue itself may not be serious, letting it go untreated can be serious. Most commonly, patients need emergency care for a root canal or tooth extraction.

Emergency dental services may include:

  • Broken tooth
  • Lost or broken filling or crown
  • Loose or broken dentures or implants
  • Tooth extraction
  • Root canal
  • Damage to an orthodontic appliance
  • Allergic reaction to an orthodontic appliance

The Importance of Emergency Dental Care

Sometimes dental problems occur suddenly, such as a broken tooth due to a sports injury or a broken filling when eating. Other dental problems occur when regular dental care is neglected, such as not getting a cavity filled when it begins. In either scenario, it is important to seek care from an emergency dentist right away. As with any part of your physical health, delaying dental care can result in further health problems. A cavity can result in a dental infection that can spread throughout the mouth. If you have a serious dental problem that requires emergency care, the best thing you can do is to take the earliest available appointment to get the problem taken care of. This will help prevent further problems and return you to better oral health.

Knowing if You Need an Emergency Dentist

Not every dental problem is an emergency. For example, a cavity can be filled at a regular appointment. Here are some things you can use to help determine whether you need emergency dental care or not:

  • You have severe tooth and/or gum pain
  • You have considerable tooth damage
  • You have a broken or knocked out tooth
  • You have a loose or broken filling or crown
  • You have a severe infection
  • You have an abscess

If you’re not sure whether your need qualifies as an emergency, it’s best to call and speak to an emergency dentist about your problem and the best way to fix it. If you have a dental emergency, you can schedule emergency dental services, such as for a root canal or tooth removal. If your problem does not qualify as an emergency, your emergency dentist can make recommendations to help you stay healthy until your regular appointment.

Whether you have a broken tooth, loose filling, or severe tooth or gum pain, your emergency dentist Brick, NJ is here to help. Call the Cambridge Dental Group to schedule an emergency appointment so you can stay in good dental health.


Q. How do I know if I have a dental emergency?

A. If you’re not sure whether your problem is an emergency, you can contact your emergency dentist. Typically, emergency appointments are used for broken or loose fillings or crowns, broken or knocked out teeth, severe gum and/or tooth pain, or considerable damage to a tooth. An abscess or severe infection may also be considered a dental emergency.

Q. What should I do if a tooth is broken or knocked out? Do I need to save the tooth?

A. Call your emergency dentist Brick, NJ to schedule an appointment. You do not need to save any broken pieces or the lost tooth. Your dentist will replace the missing tooth or repair the broken tooth.

Q. What if I have bleeding on my tongue, lips, or cheek?

A. If you have damage that causes bleeding on your tongue, lips, or cheek, this is considered tissue damage. This will need to be treated by a physician or oral surgeon. You should go to a hospital emergency room or contact your primary care physician for an appointment, depending on the severity of the injury.

Q. What should I do until my appointment?

A. If you have a little time before your appointment, your dentist will give you recommendations for dental care until you come in for help. This may include carefully brushing your teeth, rinsing with warm water, or using a cold compress to reduce swelling. The care you need will depend on your dental problem.

Q. Can dental emergencies be prevented?

A. Sometimes. Some dental emergencies come from injuries, such as a knocked out tooth or broken filling. Other dental emergencies arise from underlying problems that were not emergencies. For example, an untreated cavity can severely damage a tooth and become infected. The best way to prevent these kinds of emergencies is to take good care of your teeth and go to all of your routine dental appointments.

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