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It’s always best to have an emergency plan in place before an actual emergency happens, right? If you break an arm, you know instantly to call 911, but what if you break a tooth or develop a terrible toothache? In these situations, we encourage you to call the dental office Robert Graffeo, DDS right away. Dr. Graffeo is able to handle all kinds of urgent problems thanks to his decades of experience, plus our team can schedule same-day appointments so you don’t have to be left waiting in pain. With us, the emergency dentistry in Hoboken, NJ is always just a phone call away!
The best way to handle any dental emergency is to call a dentist, schedule an appointment, and go see them as quickly as possible. Of course, we all know that life is less than ideal sometimes, so what should you do if you can’t reach our dental office right away? Below, you’ll find a few tips on what to do when facing some of the most common dental emergencies:
Toothaches can stem from a wide variety of sources, such as a cavity, a crack in the enamel, or just a piece of food being stuck between the teeth. Start by rinsing and flossing around the tooth, and if this doesn’t help, take an OTC medication and apply a cold compress.
Recover as many pieces of the tooth that you can and place them in a safe container. Use a cold compress to manage any pain and swelling, and be sure to cover the remaining tooth so it doesn’t accidentally injure the inside of the mouth. You can use sugarless gum or some dental wax to do this.
Pick up the tooth while only touching the crown and rinse it off while avoiding any tissue still connected to the root. See if you can place the tooth back into its socket. If this isn’t working, the tooth must remain wet to keep it alive, so store it between the cheek and gums or put it in a container with milk or saltwater. You need to come see us within an hour or so of a tooth being knocked out so we can successfully replant it!
If you still have the restoration, rinse it off with some warm water, and see if you can place it back onto your tooth. If it won’t stay, put a dab of toothpaste on your tooth to act as a temporary adhesive. Even if you don’t feel any pain, try to come see us soon before your tooth develops any damage or decay.
The majority of dental emergencies are the result of a small dental problem being allowed to turn into a major one, so to prevent this from happening, the best things you can do are brush and floss your teeth every day as well as get regular dental checkups. You can also preserve your teeth by wearing a mouthguard whenever you play sports and not chewing on extremely hard items such as ice, popcorn kernels, pens, pencils, and fingernails.
Because there are so many types of dental emergencies, all of which can have differing levels of severity, there is no set cost for urgent dental care. When a patient comes to see us, we’ll do whatever we can to get them out of pain before discussing their repair options. For patients concerned about the cost of emergency dentistry, we help make it easily affordable by accepting all insurances and offering low-to-no interest financing.