Emergency Dentistry Specialist

Academy Dental Care

Dentists located in Westfield, NJ & Chatham, NJ

A dental emergency is a trauma to the mouth that causes bleeding, serious infection, extreme pain, and broken or knocked out teeth. Dr. Ella Shuster knows that dental emergencies are inevitable, which is why she offers extended appointment times to see patients with urgent concerns. In many cases, Dr. Shuster can see patients the same day in Academy Dental Care’s Westfield, New Jersey office. Call Academy Dental in the event of an emergency. Make non-emergency appointments using their simple online scheduling tool.

Emergency Dentistry Q & A

What is a Dental Emergency? 

Cracked, chipped, or knocked out teeth are among the most common dental emergencies.  Partially or fully dislodged teeth and missing or broken fillings or crowns are also considered dental emergencies. Objects that are stuck in the teeth or gums and can’t be easily removed are also dental emergencies.

Dr. Shuster also schedules emergency appointments for patients with oral bleeding, persistent toothaches, and injuries to the soft tissue in and around the mouth. Patients who suspect they may have a broken jaw or another extreme injury should go right to the ER.  

What Should I Do If I Have A Dental Emergency?

Some dental emergencies are more severe than others. It is important to call Academy Dental Care immediately if you suspect a dental emergency. You should never ignore injuries to the mouth due to the risk of infection and damage to the surrounding nerves and blood vessels.

There are some basic guidelines for handling the most common dental emergencies until you get to the dentist. For cracked or fractured teeth, rinse your mouth with warm water to keep the area clean. If your tooth has been knocked out completely, keep the tooth moist at all times until you see Dr. Shuster. Don’t use anything other than floss to remove something stuck in your teeth.

In some dental emergency situations, a tooth cannot be repaired. In these cases Dr. Shuster will discuss surgical options to remove remaining parts of teeth and repair the damage. She also has surgical and non-surgical options for replacing any lost teeth with implants, a bridge, or dentures once the injury has healed.

What is Root Canal Therapy?

Root canal therapy is necessary when a tooth decay eats down to the root of the tooth and it becomes infected. A root canal procedure can save the tooth by:

  • Removing the decayed part of the tooth
  • Cleaning out the infected pulp from the root
  • Sealing the canal
  • Covering the tooth with a filling or a crown

A long overdue root canal can sometimes present itself as a dental emergency due to the severe pain. Although early detection is the best way to prevent a critical, emergency operation, contact Dr. Shuster immediately if you are experiencing unbearable oral pain for any reason.

What is Cracked Tooth Syndrome?

Cracked tooth syndrome derives from a crack that isn’t detectable through the naked eye or X-rays. These cracks are either too small, or they occur under the gums and out of sight.

You may notice signs of cracked tooth syndrome when you experience sensitivity when biting into food or eating foods that are hot or cold in temperature. It’s important to stay aware of potential symptoms, especially if you are someone who:

  • Grinds or cleches your teeth while sleeping
  • Has a large filling
  • Have undergone root canal treatment

Severe cases may require a root canal or extraction. Minor cracked tooth syndrome treatments involve anything from observation to crown placement.

How Can I Prevent Dental Emergencies?

Accidents are a fact of life, but some emergencies are preventable. Follow these simple steps to prevent those unexpected trips to the dentist and protect those pearly whites by:

  • Avoiding chewing candy, ice, or any other hard foods that can chip or crack teeth
  • Never using your teeth to open or tear things
  • Always wearing a mouthguard during sports and other recreational activities

In the event of a dental emergency, don’t panic. Stay calm and call Academy Dental Care immediately at 908-233-8070 or 973-635-8070. Staff members at the Westfield, New Jersey, and Chatham, New Jersey offices are here to help.

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Dental Services