Emergency Dentistry – Jersey City, NJ
Relieving Dental Pain and Saving Teeth
We encourage you to keep our dental office’s number in your phone in case you ever have a severe toothache or another type of dental emergency. The sooner you can get in touch with our team at AV Dental Associates of Jersey City, the faster we can schedule an emergency dental appointment for you. Our goal in offering emergency dentistry at our Jersey City, NJ dental office will be to help you find relief as quickly as possible while also preventing any further damage to your teeth and gums.
Why Choose AV Dental Associates of Jersey City for Emergency Dentistry?
- Same-Day Emergency Appointments
- New and Existing Emergency Patients Welcome
- Comprehensive Menu of Dental Treatments
How We Treat Dental Emergencies
- Emergency Appointment: We will make arrangements to see you as soon as possible. We’re almost always able to see emergency patients on the same day.
- Thorough Examination: At our dental office, we’ll take steps to keep you comfortable as we check your mouth and take X-rays as needed. We’ll narrow down what kind of emergency you have and how severe it is.
- Review of Findings: Once we understand the situation, we can discuss the available treatments as well as the costs and timeline associated with them.
- Personalized Care: After you’ve agreed on a treatment plan (whether it’s a simple procedure or something more extensive), our team will carry it out to restore your oral health as quickly as possible.
The Most Common Dental Emergencies
No two dental emergencies are alike, so it’s important to explain your symptoms in as much detail as possible when you call our dental office. Below are some of the most common emergencies that we treat. If you’re not sure whether your situation is an emergency, call us anyway; we can give you whatever tips you need to protect your smile and help you decide whether you truly need immediate care.
Hot & Cold
Lost Filling or Crown
Jaw Pain or Clenching
Understanding the Cost of Dental Emergencies
You will probably be too distracted to worry about the cost of emergency care when you first call our dental office, but when the time comes to pick a treatment, you might have concerns. Rest assured that we will always be transparent with the costs involved with your emergency care as well as why certain treatments are necessary. Our team is more than happy to help you explore ways to reduce or better manage your out-of-pocket costs.
Keys to Preventing Dental Emergencies
Many dental emergencies can be avoided simply by taking proper care of your teeth. Regular brushing and flossing can greatly lower your risk for toothaches and severe decay. You can also protect your smile from damage by wearing mouthguards while playing sports or dropping tooth-damaging habits such as nail-biting. And of course, you also want to schedule a consultation at our dental office every six months so that we can help you catch smaller dental issues before they become emergencies.
Root Canal Therapy
When a tooth is badly infected, root canal therapy is often the only way to treat it without resorting to extraction. While you might have some anxieties about the treatment, it’s nowhere near as frightening as many people believe it to be. Many patients describe it as being no more uncomfortable than getting a filling; indeed, after the procedure, you will actually find relief from pain because the source of the infection has been removed.
Removing a tooth is never our first choice, but we may recommend it if you have a tooth that’s so badly damaged that it can’t be repaired. It may also be necessary if there’s an infection that can’t be treated with root canal therapy. When we remove a tooth, your comfort will be our top priority. Afterward, we can go over your options for filling in the space in your smile, such as a dental bridge or a single dental implant topped with a crown.
Dental Emergency FAQs
Dental emergencies are stressful enough on their own, but they can cause even more of a headache if you aren’t sure what to do or where to turn for help. Whether you’re experiencing an abnormal dental symptom, like a pimple-like bump on your gums, or you’ve knocked out a tooth, you’re always welcome to get in touch with our Jersey City dental team with any questions you have or to schedule an appointment. If, however, you’d like to simply learn the answers to some FAQs about emergency dentistry, then keep reading!
How should I sleep with tooth pain?
Remember, you should never ignore a toothache. However, if you need to sleep before your appointment, then there are a few things we recommend. First, don’t eat anything extremely crunchy at dinner since this can exacerbate your discomfort. Second, take an OTC pain reliever about 30 minutes before bed. Third, prop yourself up on a few pillows so your head stays elevated throughout the night. You can also place a cold compress against the outside of your cheek for 10 minutes at a time to help alleviate swelling and provide temporary numbing.
Should I visit the emergency room first for dental emergencies?
There are some cases where the answer is “yes,” like if you’re experiencing potentially life-threatening symptoms (i.e., a fractured jaw, trouble breathing, difficulty swallowing). With that said, hospitals rarely have dentists on-staff. So, if you’ve knocked out, cracked, or chipped a tooth, then your first call should be to our Jersey City dental office.
My chipped tooth doesn’t hurt. Do I still need to visit?
Yes, you do! Even if you aren’t in any pain, your tooth may be vulnerable to splitting further. We need to examine it to ensure that’s not the case. It’s also important to schedule an appointment so we can restore the missing structure of your tooth, improving the look, health, and function of your smile.
Can superglue be used to repair broken dentures?
No, superglue cannot be used to repair broken dentures – it contains chemicals that are toxic to ingest! The best thing to do in this situation is schedule an appointment with our team so we can repair or replace your dentures.
Should knocked-out teeth be placed in water?
Although you can use clean water to rinse a knocked-out tooth, you shouldn’t submerge it in water for safekeeping. This can damage the root, reducing the chances we’ll be able to save your tooth. We recommend instead carefully placing it in a container of milk. You can also place the tooth back in its socket, but that should only be done if you don’t need to apply any force.
Is my tooth pain from an infection?
It’s possible. However, it could also be the result of another untreated dental issue, like a severely decayed tooth. The best way to find out is to come in for an appointment so we can take X-rays and conduct an oral exam. From there, we can determine the root of the problem and put a plan in place to address it.