Dental Emergencies in Marlboro and East Brunswick
What is a Dental Emergency?
A dental emergency is any dental disease or infection that poses an immediate threat to the health of your teeth and supporting tissues. Dental emergencies are often the result of impact to the mouth, but they also can be caused by infection. To ensure the best possible outcome, any dental emergency should be evaluated by a doctor immediately.
After Hours Emergencies
For severe dental emergencies after hours, such as significant infection, pain, trauma, or lost teeth, please call us at Manalapan / Marlboro Office Phone Number (732) 972-0002 to find out about our emergency services and instructions. Our answering services are always available when we are not in the office and will contact the doctors immediately.
Most emergencies and painful dental complications can be treated in our office setting. Some patients may require more acute care in a hospital setting. Our doctors are on staff at CentraState Hospital, St. Peter’s Hospital, Bayshore Hospital, Raritan Bay Medical Center, and Jersey Shore University Medical Center, as well as Riverview Hospital.
Emergency Dental Situations
- Substantial Toothache / Pain
- Facial Swelling/ Neck, Jaw, Teeth
- Facial Trauma
- Jaw Pain
- Broken, Cracked Teeth
- Significant Sensitivity
Signs of Infection
- Continuous Sharp or Throbbing Pain
- Difficulty or Painful to Swallow
- Pain When Chewing
- Red, Swollen Gums
- Swollen Neck or Jaw
- Bitter Taste in the Mouth or Bad Breath
A facial Laceration can be one of the most traumatic events of our patient’s lives. We take this into consideration when managing any extent of soft tissue injury.
Our doctors are experts in managing soft tissue injuries. Injuries may occur from motor vehicle accidents, falls, animal bites, altercations, etc.
Some dental emergencies may not cause pain initially. For example, a cracked tooth may not hurt, but it may lead to nerve damage in the roots. For this reason, all of the listed conditions need prompt attention, whether or not pain is present.
We are here to help. We urge you to call us at the first sign of a dental emergency!
We have two convenient office locations and flexible office hours to be able to see you as soon as possible.
Emergency treatment for pain
Pain and swelling can occur suddenly and progress rapidly. Early evaluation and treatment are the only ways to solve the problem. Until you can see your dentist or oral surgeon, here is what you can do about pain and swelling.
- When there is no associated swelling, drainage, or difficulty opening the mouth.
- Call your doctor at New Jersey Oral Surgery and Dental Implants promptly for evaluation if pain worsens
- Take “Over-The-Counter” medication as permitted by other medical conditions
- If the pain becomes more severe, you may be prescribed stronger pain medication.
- Mild inflammation may resolve by simply brushing the area and keeping it clean.
- Treatment should be done as soon as possible before a potential increase in pain and infection.
Emergency Treatment for Pain and Swelling
When there is pain associated with facial or gum tissue swelling with possible drainage of pus or difficulty with mouth opening.
- Contact New Jersey Oral Surgery and Dental Implants for immediate evaluation.
- Begin antibiotic therapy as prescribed immediately.
- Take an “Over-The-Counter” analgesic as prescribed.
- The appropriate treatment should be done as soon as possible before the infection spreads and involves other areas of the face with potentially life-threatening consequences.
- Do not apply ice. It does not improve swelling caused by infection. Do not place a heat pack on the face as it can draw the pus from the infection towards the skin and cause scarring.
What To Do If A Tooth Is Knocked Out
For permanent teeth that are knocked out, rinse the tooth and put it back in the socket. If you can’t get the tooth back in the socket, place it in a container of milk, water, or saliva to keep it moist. Do not touch the roots (handle the tooth by the crown) and don’t brush the tooth. Contact us IMMEDIATELY for information and emergency treatment – the sooner you get to us, the more likely we can save your tooth!
For baby teeth that are unexpectedly knocked out, leave them out and contact us immediately for instructions.
Tooth Pain Guide
Please contact our office at Manalapan / Marlboro Office Phone Number (732) 972-0002 if you have concerns about any of the following symptoms:
- Constant and severe pain and pressure, swelling of gum, and sensitivity to touch
- Dull ache and pressure in the upper jaw
- Chronic pain in the head, neck, or ear
- Sharp pain when biting down
- Lingering pain after eating hot or cold foods
- Sensitivity to hot or cold foods after dental treatments
- Intermittent sensitivity of the teeth after hot or cold foods