Dental Emergencies in Rockaway, NJ
It sure seems like dental emergencies happen at the most inconvenient times, doesn’t it? A tooth can feel perfectly fine, and then suddenly you’re overcome by relentless pain. You may take excellent care of your teeth, but at some point, you or a member of your family are likely to develop an unexpected dental problem that requires immediate attention.
We’re Here When You Need Us
A dental emergency can be very stressful. The last thing you want at a time like this is to settle for an unfamiliar dentist who doesn't know anything about you. If there was ever a time you needed to see friendly, familiar faces, this is it! That is why the team at West Main Complete Dentistry always makes your dental emergency a priority.
If you’re having a problem during regular hours, we’ll make arrangements to get you in as quickly as possible. We’re open late several nights a week and even have Saturday hours for those emergencies that can’t wait until Monday.
Of course, emergencies often seem to happen after hours, and we know how troubling this can be – especially if the emergency involves your child. For your peace of mind, Dr. Kao is always available by phone. He’ll be happy to listen to your concerns and tell you how to deal with situation until you can get in to see us. We’ll make sure you get the treatment you need when it matters most.
Steps to Take in an Emergency
The first step is to call our office and let us know what’s going on. We’ll always see you as quickly as possible, but it’s important for you to know how to handle certain emergencies before you get to our office:
- If you’re an adult and a tooth is knocked out, immediate action can make the difference between losing and keeping the tooth. Keeping the tooth moist is most important, so place it in a glass of milk, water, or even saliva until you get to our office. You can try to very gently place it back in the socket, but don’t force it and never touch the root itself.
- For toothaches, rinse the mouth with warm water to clean it out. Use dental floss to gently remove any food particles lodged between teeth. Don’t put aspirin on the tooth – this is an old wives' tale that can actually do more harm than good.
- If you crack a tooth, use warm water to rinse your mouth and cleanse the area. Place a cold compress on your face (for no more than 20 minutes) to minimize any swelling.
- Losing a filling or dental crown weakens your tooth, so please contact our office immediately to reduce the possibility of further damage.
We’re here to make sure you and your family always get high-quality dental care whenever you need it. If you have an emergency, please contact us as soon as possible at (973) 627-7810. A member of our team will make arrangements to get you in to see us, probably the same day. After hours, you can call the same number and you’ll be directed to our emergency contact number.