Middletown Dental
Dr. Pradeep Sukumar, DMD, MPH

All You Need to Know About Dental Emergencies at Middletown Dental

December 11, 2022
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Posted By: Dr. Pradeep Sukumar

Dental emergencies can feel stressful and overwhelming unless you have a trusted dental team on your side! Your team at Middletown Dental is the emergency dentist in Middletown, NJ, that patients trust.

We offer convenient morning, evening, and Saturday appointments with available times to accommodate patients experiencing dental emergencies. Our primary goal during a dental emergency is to help our patients feel comfortable again as soon as possible. However, depending on your needs, we can sometimes offer same-day treatment for an emergency. 

Here's everything you need to know about dental emergencies and how to handle them so if you or a loved one finds yourself in that situation, you can feel confident about repairing and protecting your smile.

When Is It a Dental Emergency?

Some of the emergencies our dentists are equipped to handle are:

  • Broken or chipped teeth
  • Cracked or broken dentures
  • Lost or damaged restorations like tooth fillings or crowns
  • Toothaches
  • Abscessed teeth
  • Facial swelling
  • Knocked-out (avulsed) teeth

If you don't see your condition listed here, we encourage our patients to contact our Middletown dental office first anyway. Our friendly and knowledgeable team members can assess your situation over the phone and determine the right next step for you.

Should I Go to the ER for Tooth Pain?

Unfortunately, hospitals are not typically well-equipped for handling tooth emergencies. In fact, they will likely send you back to your dentist for treatment. Calling Middletown Dental first during an emergency can actually end up saving you time and money. 

Treatment for Dental Emergencies

Our dentists may recommend different procedures depending on your needs. Every emergency dental appointment starts with an examination and x-rays, if needed, to help diagnose your condition. Some of the procedures our dentist may recommend are:

  • Tooth-colored fillings - To eliminate tooth decay that may be causing sensitivity. Tooth-colored fillings are customized to blend seamlessly with your tooth shade, complementing your smile.
  • Porcelain crowns or veneers - To restore a broken or chipped tooth. Porcelain crowns completely cover a damaged or decayed tooth, while a veneer covers its surface. Ceramic porcelain is a durable, functional, and aesthetic option that repairs and enhances your smile.
  • Root canal treatment - To preserve a tooth with an abscess or infection. A root canal removes the diseased tissue inside your tooth to eliminate the infection. Then our dentists strengthen it with a crown to ensure you can eat and chew easily.
  • Tooth extraction - Removing an infected tooth is sometimes the only option to protect your dental health. A tooth infection left untreated worsens and can impact surrounding teeth and even other critical parts of your body, like your brain. As a last resort, our dentists may recommend a tooth extraction to protect your health.
  • Tooth replacement - If you've lost a tooth that is not a wisdom tooth, it's essential to think about replacing it as soon as possible. Our dentists can discuss your options, including dental implants, bridges, or dentures, and we'll help you select the best choice for your smile.

How to Avoid Dental Emergencies

While some emergencies are accidents, there are also some that you can prevent. You can avoid some painful situations with routine teeth cleanings and checkups with your dentist in Middletown every six months.

For example, if our dentists notice that a current filling or crown that you have is breaking down, they might recommend a replacement treatment for it. You can easily replace a broken filling or damaged crown with a new restoration. However, suppose you're unaware of the breakdown or leave your broken restoration untreated. In that case, it can allow bacteria to enter your tooth and cause a painful infection, ultimately resulting in tooth loss if untreated. 

Your bi-annual teeth cleanings and checkups can protect your smile when your dentist identifies problems like tooth decay and gum disease in their earliest stages when they're less complicated and easier to treat.

Whether you're due for your next cleaning or it's been a while since you've visited the dentist, our team will meet you where you're at with no judgment. It's never too late to get your smile on track!

Don't Wait to Call Middletown Dental if You Have a Tooth Emergency!

If you or a loved one is experiencing tooth pain or any other dental emergency in Middletown, NJ, don't wait to call us at (732) 495-4444. Our dentists will do their best to get you back on the path to wellness as soon as possible.

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