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Emergency Dentistry – Eatontown, NJ

Are Your Teeth Damaged or Hurting? Call Us!

If your tooth has become infected due to decay or you’ve fallen while playing sports, leaving your tooth broken or fractured, you are experiencing a dental emergency. Regardless of how it occurs, you should address it first by giving Dr. Gizachew a call as soon as possible. This way you can schedule an appointment for emergency dentistry in our Eatontown, NJ dental office. From there, you can review our variety of in-house dental solutions. If you’re ready to get relief sooner, rather than later, don’t hesitate to get in touch!

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How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies

Woman in need of emergency dentistry holding jaw in pain

Before you get to the dental office, it’s important that you make sure that your teeth does not break down anymore and that you do whatever you can to manage dental pain during your emergency. Start by giving us a call so you can get helpful advice from our team members. They will help you manage your symptoms until you arrive. Of course, this is only half the battle. It’s easier to stay calm when you know the right steps for handling your dental emergency. Below, you can learn some of these steps that help you address different types of dental emergencies.

Patient with toothache holding jaw

Toothaches

Take a 12 to 18-inch strand of dental floss and slide it between your teeth. Rinse your mouth out with warm salt water as well. This should remove any food debris stuck in your smile and causing pain. If this does not work, take acetaminophen or ibuprofen for the time being. You can also apply a cold compress to your face if swelling appears. Toothaches should not be ignored as they could be a sign of an infection. If this is the case, root canal therapy will be needed.

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Chipped/Broken Teeth

Start by rinsing your mouth with warm salt water and apply gauze to the tooth if it is bleeding. If the tooth is badly damaged, we may need to remove it. Do not bite or chew any food for now to prevent future fracture of the tooth. Still have a broken portion of your tooth? Bring it to the dental office for closer examination.

Knocked out bottom tooth

Knocked-Out Tooth

When a permanent tooth is knocked out, it doesn’t mean it can’t be reimplanted. However, it needs to be done within the hour. That’s why it’s so important to call us as soon as possible to set up a visit. Before you arrive, pick up the tooth by the crown portion and do not touch the root (bottom) portion. Gently rinse any dirt or debris from the tooth and avoid removing any tissue still attached. If the tooth cannot be placed back into your socket, place it in milk or salt water to keep it preserved.

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Lost Filling / Crown

Take the restoration out of your mouth so you do not accidentally swallow it. Dental cement can be used to fill damaged tooth as well as secure your restoration. However, it should not be considered a permanent solution. Keep the tooth clean before you get to our dental office. If you notice tooth sensitivity, you can also apply clove oil to your restoration before reseating the restoration.

How to Prevent Dental Emergencies

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By their very nature, it’s impossible to ensure that you never experience a dental emergency again. There are, however, certain precautions you can take to greatly decrease your risk. If, for example, you play contact sports or suffer from chronic teeth grinding (also called bruxism), you should protect your teeth from potential injury by wearing a mouthguard. For more tips on how to prevent dental emergencies in Eatontown, keep reading below.

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Visit Your Dentist Regularly

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When it comes to avoiding two major causes of painful dental emergencies – tooth decay and gum disease – one of the easiest things you can do is visit our office twice a year for routine dental checkups and cleanings. At these appointments, Dr. G will closely examine your mouth, identify any problem areas, and treat them before they worsen into full-blown emergencies.  

Maintain Good Oral Hygiene at Home

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As important as it is to get your teeth professionally cleaned every six months, you’ll also need to keep your mouth clean in between appointments. To minimize your risk of cavities and infections, be sure to:

  • Brush your teeth twice per day for two minutes at a time
  • Use a fluoridated toothpaste to strengthen your enamel and combat cavities
  • Floss at least once a day
  • Rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash on a regular basis

Stick to a Nutritious Diet

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Consuming too much sugar and starch gives harmful oral bacteria the fuel they need to cause cavities. Munching on extremely hard foods could chip or crack your teeth. If you want to reduce the chance that you’ll need to make a sudden trip to our emergency dental office in Eatontown, switch to healthier alternatives like leafy greens, calcium-rich dairy products, and lean proteins.

Wear a Mouthguard

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If you’re an athlete or you habitually grind your teeth while sleeping, consider wearing a mouthguard. These personalized oral appliances fit comfortably over the teeth and prevent the top and bottom arches from making harmful contact. They also severely lessen the impact of injuries should you receive a blow to the face during a sports game or practice.

Use Tools to Open Packages, Not Your Teeth

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Tooth enamel is the hardest material in the human body – it’s even harder than bone! However, that doesn’t mean they’re impervious to breakage. The only thing your teeth are designed to do is eat. Using them to open packaging or containers can weaken your enamel and lead to fractures. To avoid making a painful mishap, take a little time to reach for the proper tool for the job.

Understanding the Cost of Emergency Dentistry

Man holding jaw in pain during emergency dentistry treatment

Because no two smiles are exactly alike, there is no fixed cost of emergency dentistry in Eatontown. The price of your appointment will most likely be higher than that of a typical checkup and cleaning, but it will of course depend on which treatment(s) you’ll need. Our team accepts most dental insurance plans and can provide you with additional options of fitting your care into your budget.

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Every Dental Emergency Is Different

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When a dental emergency occurs, Dr. Gizachew and the rest of our team will assess the situation. Our focus will be to get you out of pain before discussing your treatment options and their associated fees. Because every dental emergency is different, it’s impossible for us to give you a cost estimate unless you come in for an exam. Rest assured that our team will go over your treatment plan in detail and ensure you’re comfortable with the costs before going through with any procedures.

Caring for Your Smile Can Save You Money

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Some dental emergencies are the result of sudden falls or sports-related injuries. In reality, however, most dental emergencies can be prevented. How so? By regularly brushing, flossing, and visiting us for checkups and cleanings, you could end up saving thousands of dollars in emergency dental care costs over the years!

Another way to save money is to contact an emergency dentist in Eatontown as soon as you notice something in your mouth is amiss. You should never put off care for a dental emergency. The longer you wait to get it handled, the more likely your issue will worsen – causing more pain and resulting in higher dental bills.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Dental Emergencies?

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You’ll be happy to know that the majority of dental insurance plans cover emergency care to some degree. Many of them fully cover one emergency exam per year as needed. Additionally, most of them provide partial coverage (usually 50% to 80%) for services commonly associated with hurting teeth, like dental crowns and root canal therapy.

However, everyone’s policy is different, and your benefits may vary. Our team at NU Dental Eatontown can make the dental insurance process easier by filing your claims on your behalf. We’re even in-network with many of the nation’s leading insurance providers.

Other Options for Making Dental Emergencies Affordable

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If you’re uninsured, or need a bit of extra help covering your emergency care costs, our team is here to help. One popular option is to split up the cost of your treatment into smaller, monthly installments through the trusted third-party financing company CareCredit. Their plans tend to come with very little or even zero interest!

As an alternative to traditional insurance, we offer our own in-house membership plan. For a set annual fee, you can receive significant discounts on most of our services. Plus, your preventive care will be fully covered, which can help you prevent dental emergencies in the first place!

Emergency Dentistry FAQs

Have you been faced with a dental emergency out of nowhere? If so, your mind is probably racing with so many questions that you don’t even know which one to ask first. While our team is happy to answer any questions that you may have over the phone (and certainly once you arrive at our office), we invite you to read through this list of frequently asked questions about emergency dentistry in the meantime.

What Is Considered a Dental Emergency?

Minor discomfort in the mouth is relatively common, so how you can you tell the difference between a harmless annoyance and an actual emergency situation? Here are some signs that you have a true dental emergency on your hands:

  • Bleeding
  • Persistent, intense pain
  • Broken or loose teeth
  • Teeth that have been partially or fully knocked out
  • Facial swelling
  • Loose fillings or dental crowns

No matter the type of oral health problem you’re experiencing, Dr. Gizachew is a qualified emergency dentist who can restore your smile.

Should I Go to the Hospital for a Dental Emergency?

Dental emergencies can be scary. Your first thought might be to go to the emergency room of the nearest hospital; however, ER doctors are typically not equipped to handle the root causes of specific dental health problems. At most, they could prescribe painkillers or antibiotics. You can save valuable time and money by contacting our office straight away for your dental emergency.

The only exception would be if you’re experiencing excessive swelling, a fractured or dislocated jaw, or severe bleeding that will not stop. In those situations, seek immediate medical attention and then call us afterward to find out if any additional dental treatment is needed.

Should I Still Call a Dentist If My Toothache Goes Away?

Yes! Just because your tooth is no longer hurting doesn’t necessarily mean the problem resolved itself. In fact, the opposite is usually true. An intense toothache is often caused by decay or infection that has reached the nerves at the tooth’s center. If your tooth stops hurting, the bacteria may have damaged the nerves to the point that they no longer register pain. If this occurs, you’ll likely need a root canal to avoid the need for a tooth extraction. To preserve as much of your natural smile as possible, give your dentist a call even if your toothache goes away.

How Can I Prepare for Future Dental Emergencies?

No one ever expects a dental emergency to happen to them until it does. While you can certainly minimize your risk of these problems occurring, it’s impossible to prevent them entirely. That’s why it’s important to plan ahead by assembling a small first aid kit specially designed to handle dental injuries or pain.

We recommend making a few dental emergency kits and storing them in easily accessible places, such as your car’s glove compartment, your medicine cabinet at home, or even your desk drawer at work. Be sure to include:

  • Our contact information
  • Small container with a lid that can be tightly sealed
  • Gauze pads
  • Handkerchief
  • Latex-free disposable gloves
  • Small bottle of acetaminophen  
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