How To Handle Dental Emergencies
If you are having a dental emergency, call us immediately at (973) 957-1604. In most cases, you will be seen the same day as your phone call. Dr. Krosser even makes his private phone number available so you can speak to him directly. Not every dentist in New Jersey offers this level of service, but Dr. Krosser is committed to helping you.
How To Handle Severe Dental Emergencies
Once you’ve called Dr. Krosser, there are a few things you can do while waiting for your emergency dental appointment. Here’s what you can do depending on the nature of your dental emergency.
– A tooth was knocked out.
Get the tooth if you can. Rinse it off carefully, then put it in a small cup or container with enough water to cover it. If there is any bleeding, use direct pressure with a sterile cloth to stop it. (Go to your emergency room if you cannot stop the bleeding.) Then make sure someone has called us at (973) 957-1604 to schedule an emergency appointment.
– A tooth is still in there, but now it’s loose.
Try your best to not mess with the tooth. Do not eat, and do not wiggle it around to see how loose it is. Doing so could make it come out completely. Stop any bleeding with direct pressure, and take non-aspirin pain relievers if you need it.
– You cracked or chipped a tooth.
Again, stop any bleeding first and go to the emergency room if you cannot. Then call our Millburn, NJ dental office even if there is no pain. Anything strong enough to damage enamel can easily damage the inside of your tooth. Our digital X-rays will help Dr. Krosser spot any internal damage that needs to be addressed.
– A dental crown or filling have come off the tooth.
After you’ve called us at (973) 957-1604, go to your local drugstore and ask for dental cement. This is a non-toxic adhesive used in dental emergencies. Follow the instructions to adhere the filling or dental crown back where it should be. Dr. Krosser can easily get rid of the dental cement.
– You have a deep cut on your gums or inside of your mouth.
Get a sterile gauze or piece of cloth and apply direct pressure right on the cut. If this does not stop the bleeding eventually, visit your local emergency room for help. If you stop the bleeding, call us and explain what happened as best you can. We’ll be able to help determine what to do next once we know the details.
How To Handle Minor Dental Emergencies
Don’t worry about whether your emergency counts as severe or minor. The key is to call our Millburn, NJ dental office as soon as you can. Here are some tips for handing some minor but common dental emergencies.
– You have a shallow cut on your gums or mouth.
As with deep cuts, the important thing is to stop the bleeding. Apply direct pressure with something soft but sterile. If the bleeding won’t stop, please go to your emergency room just to be safe.
– Something painful is stuck between your teeth.
Swish water vigorously around your mouth and see if that helps dislodge whatever is causing you pain. If not, gently use some dental floss to make it come out. Don’t use a toothpick, as you can easily slip and create a new problem in your gums. If you cannot get it to come out, call our Millburn, NJ dental office.
– There’s some bleeding after you brush and floss your teeth.
This is not normally an emergency but a sign that you may have gum disease. If untreated, this can make your teeth fall out. Call us when you can, the sooner the better, and make an appointment to have Dr. Krosser exam your gums.
Regardless Of How Big Or Small, Call Us
In the end, you need to call us at (973) 957-1604 and explain what happened. Dr. Krosser is dedicated to helping his patients, so he will always do what he can to get you seen fast. Even if you are a new patient, give us a call so we can help.