Dental Emergency

Lee A. Ecker, DDS -  - Dentist

Dr. Lee A. Ecker and Associates

Lee A. Ecker, DDS

Dentist located in Denville, NJ

Dental Emergency Specialist
When it comes to dental emergencies it is important to receive quick and appropriate care to relieve your pain and prevent additional oral health issues from developing if going untreated. Dr. Ecker and his staff accept dental emergency appointments including broken or cracked teeth, any swollen or sore gums and toothaches, for patients in the Denville, NJ, Randolph, NJ, and surrounding areas

Dental Emergency Q & A

by Lee A. Ecker, DDS

What kinds of issues are considered dental emergencies? 

Dental emergencies can include a host of issues including the following:

  • Broken or cracked teeth
  • Toothaches
  • Swollen or sore gums,
  • Lost or broken dentures or bridges,
  • Lost or broken crowns or fillings
  • Damaged implants
  • Sores or cuts in the mouth or gums
  • Loose teeth and teeth that have been knocked out.

In general, any issue that requires the immediate or prompt attention by a dentist is considered a dental emergency.

If a tooth is knocked out, can it be replaced?

If your tooth is knocked be careful not to touch the root of the tooth since it can be easily damaged. When a tooth is still healthy, it often can be replanted into the jaw as long as care is sought out immediately. It is recommended that if the tooth is knocked out to place the knocked tooth in a glass of milk.

What can I do to prevent dental emergencies?

The most important thing you can do to prevent dental emergencies is to wear mouth guards when participating in sports.  It is also important to keep your teeth and gums in top condition with regular brushing, flossing and routine cleaning appointments and checkups. Teeth that are healthy are less likely to become easily damaged, and they usually can also be repaired more easily when damage does occur. Never use your teeth as tools to pry, twist or grip objects, and also avoid chewing ice or hard candy which can chip or break teeth and restorations, or eating very sticky foods which can dislodge restorations like crowns and fillings or become caught in bridgework.

Do all dental emergencies require immediate care?

No, some emergencies that occur after office hours can wait until the next business day and be treated with over-the-counter painkillers and application of an ice pack to the cheek. Patients should always call the office to determine what steps to take if they need emergency dental care.

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