Emergency Dentistry Specialist

Columbia Dental

Cosmetic Dentistry & Family Dentistry located in Hamilton, NJ & Elizabeth, NJ

Dental emergencies require immediate attention and skilled care, so you want to make sure that you have an excellent dentist on hand in case one happens to you or your family. Columbia Dental in Hamilton and Elizabeth, New Jersey, offers same-day and urgent care for their patients in need of emergency dentistry. To learn more, call the office today or schedule a visit online.

Emergency Dentistry Q & A

What is a dental emergency?

A dental emergency is any condition in your mouth that requires immediate attention, like:

  • Swollen jaw or gums
  • Object stuck in your tooth
  • Knocked-out tooth
  • Broken, fractured, or chipped tooth
  • Filling or crown that’s fallen out
  • Oral abscesses 
  • Severe toothache
  • Cut or tear on your lips, cheeks, or gums

Depending on your condition, emergency dentistry might be vital to saving your smile and maintaining your oral health. In some cases, like with a knocked-out tooth, seeing a professional at Columbia Dental within 30 minutes can mean the difference between saving or losing a tooth.

If you’ve experienced head or neck trauma in addition to your dental emergency, seek treatment at a hospital or urgent care before you tend to your dental emergency.

Do I need emergency dentistry?

Some dental conditions that might seem like emergencies don’t always require immediate attention. If you’ve chipped your tooth, for example, you might be able to wait a few days before seeing the dentist. 

Other conditions, however, like a knocked-out tooth, absolutely require professional treatments as soon as possible. 

If you’re ever in doubt about whether you’re experiencing a dental emergency, call Columbia Dental to talk it over with a professional. The friendly dental experts can help you determine whether or not your situation calls for emergency care.

What should I do if I’ve knocked out my tooth?

If you’ve knocked out your tooth, try to locate it. If you can find it, pick it up by the crown (the part that’s visible in your mouth), and be careful to not touch its roots. Rinse it under warm water, and rinse your mouth out with warm water.

Try to reinsert your knocked-out tooth back in its socket. If you can get it back in, bite down gently to keep it in place until you can get to Columbia Dental. 

If you’re unable to get it back in its socket, keep it in the side of your mouth, or put it in a glass of saliva or milk. This helps to prevent the roots from drying out.

If you think you’re experiencing a dental emergency, call or visit the offices of Columbia Dental immediately, and get your smile back in shape.