West Main Complete Dentistry

8 Signs That Mean You Have a Dental Emergency on Your Hands

July 1, 2019
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Posted By: Dr. Stephen Kao

You can dramatically reduce the need for unexpected dental treatment if you are conscientious about oral hygiene and routine visits to your dentist. But you can be committed to excellent oral health and still lose a filling or break off part of a tooth in an accident.

If you have a dental emergency in Rockaway, NJ, turn to Dr. Stephen Kao and the team at West Main Complete Dentistry to get the immediate treatment and relief you need.

What Are the Signs That I Need a Dental Emergency?

In many cases, you don’t need to ask whether you have a dental emergency because the signs are so obvious. But there are varying degrees of oral problems, ranging from mild to critical, that indicate you may have a dental emergency on your hands, including:

  • Chipped or cracked tooth
  • Broken tooth
  • Lost crown or filling
  • Inflamed or bleeding gums
  • Mild toothache
  • Persistent, throbbing toothache
  • Root canal infection or abscess
  • Knocked-out tooth

Nobody has to tell you that you have a dental emergency if you’re in intense pain or have a knocked-out tooth. But even a chipped tooth or lost filling needs immediate attention to prevent further dental damage.

When in Doubt a Dental Emergency, Call Us First

Don’t waste a moment wondering if that sudden twinge of pain or your bleeding gums needs attention right away. If you experience any of the dental emergencies listed above, call us first. 

You can’t always be sure if your problem is an emergency, but we can. Our team is trained to take your emergency call, listen to your concerns, and tell you what, if any, steps you need to take next. 

Anytime you think you have a dental emergency in Rockaway, NJ, call us at (973) 627-7810. If you're in pain, we'll get you on our schedule the same day; if your dental emergency isn’t critical, we’ll reserve our first available appointment for you.

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COVID-19 UPDATE.
Out of extreme precaution for the health and well-being of our patients and community, our office will be closing beginning Thursday, March 19, 2020 and will reopen April 13, 2020
During this time we will try to service emergency patients only. Services such as loose crowns or chipped tooth (filling) will need to be postponed in an effort to minimize possible exposure.
We thank you for your understanding and will post any changes here.
UPDATE
We are currently closed indefinitely.  We hope to reopen soon to serve the needs of our patients. Please check back often for updates.
UPDATE 5/15/2020
We will have office hours Monday 5/18/2020 and Tuesday 5/19/2020 from 10-3 for emergency appointments only.
We will reopen on 5/26/2020 and will resume treatment for all patients.
As we reopen, we ask our patients to continue social distancing and self quarantine if you have symptoms.
Please feel free and call the office if you have any questions.