Too many people put dental emergencies in a different class than other types of emergencies. Even though people may be in severe pain, there’s a tendency to try to “tough it out” by using over-the-counter pain relievers and home remedies.
An emergency situation means that professional attention is needed to avoid the possibility of further harm or to relieve suffering. You might not think so, but dental emergencies are real emergencies. Putting off needed care is never the best idea.
If you’re in the Red Bank, NJ area and have a dental emergency, call our office immediately at 732-945-5343. We provide same-day appointments for all emergencies. And, we’ll extend our hours to make sure that you’re seen whatever your schedule.
Typical dental emergency situations include:
- A tooth has become loose or has fallen out.
Teeth are supposed to remain tightly in place. Loosening of teeth, or having one or more teeth leave their sockets, indicates an underlying problem. The longer you wait, the worse the problem will become. Call us for an emergency appointment. Dr. DiBona is more likely to successful in re-implanting the tooth.
- A tooth has been knocked out.
This typically is the result of a fall, a sports-related injury, or a vehicle accident. A tooth that has been knocked out can often be reinserted into its socket. The critical thing is to avoid touching the root. If you’re unsuccessful in reinserting the tooth, keep it moist and contact our office immediately.
- Severe dental pain
If you haven’t experienced an impact to your mouth, dental pain is most likely the result of an abscess or infection. You may have a cavity that’s reached the inside of the tooth, or a dental filling may have failed. The longer you delay care, the more likely that the infection will become worse. Dr. DiBona will assess your situation and, if warranted, can remove the damaged filling and replace it after cleaning out the infection. If necessary, she’ll perform a root canal to remove all traces of infection and provide a dental crown to protect the tooth.
- Mouth trauma
An impact to the mouth can cause cuts inside the mouth and quite a bit of bleeding. If you can easily get the bleeding under control, it’s probably okay to schedule an appointment during normal business hours. If the bleeding won’t stop, call our office immediately.
- One or more teeth have chipped, fractured, or broken
Fractured or broken teeth may be due to decay or to trauma. Either way, the break in the enamel exposes the inside of the tooth to potential infection. Call our office at once for an emergency appointment to minimize the chance of infection and to save yourself a lot of suffering.
Again, we guarantee to see you the same day if you have a dental emergency. And if you can’t make it into our office until after normal business hours, we’ll be here.
Our regular office hours are:
Monday: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Don’t suffer needlessly, and don’t risk the health of your mouth and teeth. In any dental emergency, call our Red Bank, NJ office at 732-945-5343 to schedule an emergency appointment.