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Same Day Emergency Care

Having a dental emergency? Don’t panic! Our practice is here to help you with our Same Day Emergency Care!

Any dental emergency like an injury to the teeth or gums can be potentially serious and should not be ignored. Ignoring a dental problem can increase the risk of permanent damage as well as the need for more extensive and expensive treatment later on.

It is important to know what kinds of injuries require emergency dental care, so you can make sure that your, or your family’s teeth are taken care of. Accidents can happen at all times of the day or night. Some oral injuries may need immediate treatment, while others can wait until our normal business hours. So here is what you need to do if you have any of the following symptoms:

If your face swells up

What it could mean:

  • A serious dental infection that needs immediate response. Typically, these types of conditions don’t get better on their own.
  • It could be an infected tooth, bone infection, or gum infection.

What to do:

  • Don’t wait. Call +1973-878-0951 or go see Dr. Gashinsky right away. If you delay, it is possible to die from an infection in or around the mouth.
  • Stay upright and don’t lie flat, even during sleep.
  • Drink fluids. Getting dehydrated while you have an infection could make complications more likely.

If you knocked out a tooth

What it could mean:

  • If you lose the tooth, you’ll need an implant. An implant fills the space where the root used to be in the gum.
  • If you are able to reimplant the tooth within the hour (meaning, stick it back in), there’s a good chance that it’ll take. If the tooth is reimplanted properly, there’s still a likelihood that you’ll need a root canal, but at least you’ll have your own tooth and won’t need an implant.

What to do:

  • Pick it up by the crown, not the root. The crown is the part of the tooth you bite with and the root is the pointy end of the tooth. Touching the root damages the tissue that helps with reimplantation.
  • For an adult tooth only, very gently rinse any dirt or debris from the tooth and place it in your mouth between your cheek and gum or in a cup of milk and come in immediately to our office.
  • Call +1973-878-0951 right away and let us know you’re coming. You should see Dr. Gashinsky within the hour.

If you lost a filling, come and see us right away. Meanwhile, put a piece of cotton where your filling used to be to prevent particles entering the cavity.

If you have a broken, cracked, or chipped tooth

What it could mean:

  • Typically, if it’s a small crack you’ll need a filling and if it’s a large piece you’ll need a crown. If the tooth is cracked all the way through, that would call for a tooth extraction and need for an implant. If a crown breaks in half or if it falls off, you can wait a few days to have it fixed/replaced.

What to do:

  • If you’re not in pain, that buys you some time. Most often, teeth will break and there’s no pain. However, if the crack is severe, if there is a large piece of the tooth missing or the tooth has nerve damage or is knocked out completely, you should seek immediate medical attention.
  • Call +1973-878-0951. Give us enough information so we will know what to do and help you right away.

If you are bleeding from the mouth

What it could mean:

  • It could be a chronic condition or an acute condition. If you’re seeing blood on the floss, then you have gum disease or gingivitis.
  • Bleeding from the mouth is not normal. The mouth is very good at preventing bleeding, so it’s rare for gums bleed from abrasions or cuts.
  • If you’ve had an extraction and you’re bleeding and it won’t stop, you need immediate care.

What to do:

  • If you’re seeing blood on your floss, call +1973-878-0951 and come to our office and get treated for gum disease. The sooner, the better. Blood on your toothbrush or floss is not normal and indicates that you may have a chronic disease that will lead to the loss of your teeth.
  • If you’re bleeding after a procedure, come back right away. It is not normal for the bleeding to continue the night after your procedure. Keep your head elevated. Keep your mouth above your heart at all times—especially during sleep.

If you think you have a gum abscess

What it could mean:

  • A gum abscess looks like a yellow, red, clear, or whitish pimple on the gum.
  • It could mean the tooth is infected or the gum is infected, meaning you need a root canal or an extraction. In some cases, antibiotics and an x-ray will be needed.
  • This could lead to permanent bone destruction, but the sooner you get to it, the less likely that will happen.

What to do:

  • Call +1973-878-0951 or come to our office immediately. 
  • Do not pop the gum abscess like a pimple.
  • Keep brushing and flossing that area as usual.

If you have pain when you bite

What it could mean:

  • It could mean cracked tooth syndrome. If you catch this early, the sooner you crown it, the less likelihood there will be a root canal or loss of the tooth because you’re stopping the cracking from progressing by stabilizing it with a crown.
  • It could also mean it’s not tooth pain, but muscle pain when you bite, caused by nighttime grinding or daytime grinding.
  • It could also be an abscess (see above).

What to do:

  • Call +1973-878-0951 and make an appointment to see Dr. Gashinsky within the week.
  • Don’t chew on that tooth because the next chew or bite could result in loss of the tooth with a crack that goes all the way through the tooth.

If you had an injury, fall, or accident

What it could mean:

  • It depends. Consequences can range from minor to severe. Sometimes, it’s how quickly you’re seen that determines whether you get to keep the tooth or not, which means you need to be seen by Dr. Gashinsky ASAP!

What to do:

  • If you can, call +1973-878-0951 and come to our office immediately!
  • If you’ve had some trauma, injury or fall as you’re driving to the ER, call our office or have someone call for you. One of our doctors can see you even in the ER and check your mouth. We can even check if you have a fractured jaw which is sometimes overlooked and missed as a diagnosis in the emergency room.

If you have a toothache

What it could mean:

  • A toothache could mean tooth decay, a cavity, gum disease, or even that you’re grinding your teeth (bruxism).

What to do:

  • When getting out of tooth pain, it’s all about controlling swelling. Reduce the swelling and you reduce the pain. On an immediate basis, the best way to reduce this inflammation is with an anti-inflammant such as Advil or any other anti-inflammatory that you would normally take, but call +1973-878-0951 so we can determine the cause of the pain and help you fix it.

Even if you know the office is closed, go ahead and call. There is an emergency number and  instructions on our answering machine. The emergency staff can help determine whether the injury can wait for treatment and can possibly provide pain medication to help alleviate symptoms in the meantime. Then come to see us as soon as possible.

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