Emergency Dentist – Williamstown, NJ
Toothache? Missing Tooth? We Can Help
When a dental emergency strikes, you shouldn’t hesitate; contact iSmile Dental Arts as soon as possible. A separate emergency phone line is available for patients who need immediate assistance, and Dr. Kassem is happy to help treat walk-in emergencies. We can also advise you over the phone on managing your pain and limiting the damage until you can get to your appointment. Get the urgent care you need to save your smile.
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
We can help treat all kinds of emergencies, whether they’re caused by an infection or a physical accident. In the meantime, here’s some first aid advice that will help you keep the situation under control:
Make sure that the pain isn’t coming from something stuck between your teeth by rinsing and flossing thoroughly. If the pain is persistent, call us right away; you may have an infection that needs to be removed via root canal. Don’t put aspirin directly on the tooth, or it could damage your gums.
Rinse the area with warm water as soon as you can and collect any large pieces that have broken off. There might be some swelling around the damaged tooth. You can keep it down by holding a cold compress over the area for 15 minutes at a time. The edges of the broken tooth might be sharp; cover it with dental wax or sugarless gum so that it doesn’t irritate or cut your cheeks and tongue. We’ll repair the tooth if we can, although sometimes an extraction is the only option.
If you still have the tooth, we might be able to replant it, but only if you act quickly. Pick it up by the crown (not the root) and rinse it with warm water. You can try to put it back in its socket. If that doesn’t work, preserve it in milk until you can get to our office.
You can use dental wax to protect the exposed tooth; you can try and put the crown back with dental cement. Both of these solutions are only temporary. Until you get to our practice, keep your tooth clean and avoid chewing with it.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
A dental emergency can happen any time, but you can make it easier to avoid them by:
- Brushing and flossing at least twice a day. (Use fluoride toothpaste that provides extra cavity protection.)
- Wear a mouthguard whenever you’re playing sports. You can also get one to protect your teeth from grinding while you sleep.
- Don’t bite down on really hard foods like ice or peppermints.
- Never use your mouth to open packages and avoid chewing on pen tips and other hard objects.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
There are many different kinds of emergencies, so the cost for treatment is going to be different for everyone. We’ll work with you to make sure your care is affordable. We offer an in-house dental plan for all of our patients that covers a problem focused examination and an X-ray during an emergency visit.
Emergency Dentistry FAQs
Your Williamstown dentist, Dr. Willy Kassem, wants you to be as prepared as possible in the event that you have to deal with a sudden dental emergency. We are happy to answer any questions about dental emergencies that you may have. Before you contact us, though, make sure to read our emergency dentistry FAQs section to see if your question has already been answered.
Is a Toothache Always an Emergency?
Sometimes, a toothache might just be the result of a piece of food getting caught between your teeth. To rule out this possibility, brush and floss around the area and then rinse your mouth out with saltwater. If that doesn’t help alleviate your pain, then give our office a call, especially if the pain is severe or has lasted more than a couple of days. This is an especially urgent situation if your toothache is accompanied by facial swelling, a high fever, or a pimple-like bump on the gums; these could all be signs of an infection.
Should I Call the Emergency Room?
For serious trauma, such as a broken or dislocated jaw, profuse bleeding, and swelling that impacts your ability to swallow or breathe, it’s always best to visit the emergency room of your local hospital. For other oral health problems that warrant urgent care but are not life-threatening, give us a call instead. The doctors at the emergency room likely won’t have the specialized training or tools necessary to treat dental issues like a knocked-out tooth. At best, they might give you antibiotics or pain medication. In addition, visits to the ER tend to be more costly than trips to our office, so only call the former when it’s absolutely necessary.
How Much Do Emergency Appointments Cost?
There are several different possible dental emergencies and as a result, there are many different costs of treatment. The cost of emergency treatment will be different for each and every patient. Don’t worry; Dr. Kassem will put your comfort above all else and will focus on getting you out of pain so you can make any financial decisions with a clear head. In order to be prepared, it’s a good idea to take a look at your insurance benefits, as many of them cover at least the partial cost of treatment for certain dental emergencies.
Will I Need a Root Canal?
This depends on the extent of your tooth pain. While root canals have a scary reputation, the truth is that they don’t hurt any more than getting a simple filling, thanks to local anesthetic. If your toothache is caused by an infection deep within the center of the tooth (known as the pulp), then we may need to perform root canal therapy to remove the damaged portion of the tooth. Root canal therapy is often the best way to save a tooth from needing to be extracted. In fact, most teeth that are treated with root canal therapy often go on to last the rest of a patient’s life.