A dental emergency can be the result of an accident or injury, but it can also be the result of needing to get treatment that you have been putting off for a while. If you are hurting or have had an accident, it is important that you receive treatment right away.
Dr. Nadler will do what he can to see you immediately and get you out of pain.
Putting off dental treatment only increases the risk of permanent damage later, and can result in the need for lengthy and more expensive treatment down the road. If you are in pain, have lost a filling or have broken a tooth, please call the office at (908) 359-6655
Dr. Nadler can be reached anytime, day or night. Please call the office at, (908) 359-6655 and follow the voice prompts and instructions.
Here are some of the things that should be considered a dental emergency, plus some simple steps you can take to minimize pain before you come into our office for your emergency appointment.
Toothache – Rinse your mouth out with warm water to clean out debris. Then use dental floss to make sure there isn't any food trapped between the teeth. If swelling is persistent, place cold compresses on the outside of the cheek. Do not use heat or place aspirin on the aching tooth or gum issues. Call us at (908) 359-6655 and we will make sure you are seen right away. Oil of cloves can offer good temporary relief.
Bitten Lip or Tongue – Clean the area and apply an ice pack to reduce swelling. Apply direct pressure to the bleeding area with a clean cloth. If the bleeding doesn't stop, come into our office right away or go to a hospital emergency room.
Broken Tooth – Save any pieces of the broken tooth and rinse your mouth out with warm water with a pinch of salt. Apply a cold compress to the area and decrease swelling and pain until you can come in to our office.
Knocked Out Tooth – Gently rinse off the knocked out tooth in running water without removing any attached tissue. Do not scrub it. If possible, hold the tooth in place in the socket. Otherwise, put the tooth in a glass of milk or cool water. It is important that the tooth be replaced in 30 minutes or less, call us immediately at (908) 359-6655.
Object Stuck in Teeth – Carefully try to remove the object with dental floss. (Don't try using a sharp instrument instead!) If you're unable to dislodge the object with dental floss, call our office immediately at (908) 359-6655 for an emergency appointment.
Orthodontic Problems (Braces and Retainers) - If a wire is causing irritation, cover end of wire with a small cotton ball, beeswax, or a piece of gauze, until you can get to the dentist. If a wire is embedded in the cheek, tongue, or gum tissue, do not attempt to remove it. Go to your dentist immediately. If an appliance becomes loose or a piece of it breaks off, take the appliance and the piece and go to the dentist.
Lost Dental Filling or Dental Crown – Call us at (908) 359-6655 for an emergency appointment. For dental fillings, seal the area with over-the-counter dental cement. If a dental crown has come loose, seal it with dental cement and bring it with you to your appointment.
Dental Abscess – If you notice a painful, pimple-like swelling on your gums, rinse with salt water and immediately contact us at (908) 359-6655. Dental abscesses can lead to more serious infections if not treated promptly.