Emergency Dentist in Cherry Hill
Whether it’s a broken tooth, a bad toothache, or anything else that has taken you by surprise, it’s scary when something goes wrong with your oral health. In most cases, these “dental emergencies” can’t be avoided or planned for. However, you can take steps to avoid dental emergencies -- and best of all, Cherry Hill, Voorhees, and surrounding communities can reach out to the dedicated dentist and team at Meadvin Dental. We’re here to help when our patients need us most with same day appointments and first aid tips. That’s emergency dentistry Cherry Hill can count on!
If you or someone you love experiences chipped, cracked, or broken teeth, dental restorations, or dentures, a severe toothache, or anything else that just doesn’t feel quite right, we encourage you to contact our friendly team right away. We will schedule an appointment as quickly as possible, and also walk you through pain management and first aid tips over the phone.
What Is a Dental Emergency?
Dental emergencies take many shapes and forms. In general, anything that is bleeding, has broken, or is causing you discomfort requires prompt treatment.
Some of the most common situations requiring urgent dental care include:
- A broken or dislodged tooth
- A knocked out tooth (often caused by contact sports)
- Severe toothache or abscess
- A foreign object lodged between teeth
- A broken dental crown, bridge, filling, or other restoration
Your dentist is better-equipped to handle most emergencies than an emergency room. However, if you experience severe facial trauma, have potentially broken your jaw, or have a soft tissue laceration that bleeds for an hour or more, you should promptly proceed to your nearest emergency room. Dr. Jodi Meadvin would be happy to partner with these medical providers to restore your smile once your life is no longer at risk.
What to Do After a Dental Emergency
When you get in touch with our office right after your dental emergency occurs, we can provide you with specific tips for handling your emergency. In general, some of the things you can do to reduce pain and improve the chances of a successful outcome include:
- Collect a missing tooth or any large missing pieces for possible reattachment
- Do not touch a missing tooth’s root; keep it moist in a cup or water until you can reach your dentist’s office
- Take an over-the-counter pain medication to ease discomfort
- Place an ice pack on the affected cheek in 10 to 15 minute intervals (10 minutes on, 10 minutes off)
- With a clean gauze or cloth, place consistent pressure on a wound to stop or slow bleeding
- Have someone else escort you safely to and from the dentist’s office or emergency room
How Does My Dentist Handle Emergencies?
While the treatment that gets you out of pain and on with a happy, healthy smile will depend on exactly what is affecting your oral health, many dental emergencies can be solved using one of the following treatments:
- An emergency root canal for an aching or severely injured tooth
- Reattachment of knocked out teeth
- Prompt repair of broken dental work
- Fixing a broken tooth with dental bonding or reattachment
How Can I Prevent Dental Emergencies?
While you can never completely safe-guard yourself from an unexpected emergency, there are a number of preventive steps that you can take to prevent dental emergencies. These include:
- Do not use your teeth to open packages, bottles, or crack nuts
- Avoid and redirect chewing habits like nail biting, eraser chewing, or ice crunching as these may lead to dental wear or damage over time
- Always wear a mouthguard when participating in sports where teeth may come in contact with other players, hard surfaces, or athletic equipment
- Visit your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings, as these appointments help to prevent the need for more serious or complex dental care later on
Dental Emergency? Contact Us ASAP!
The next time you or a loved one are surprised by a dental emergency, don’t hesitate to get in touch with your emergency dentist in Cherry Hill. Getting the care you need promptly could mean the difference in saving your tooth -- and your smile -- or not. Contact Meadvin Dental’s office as soon as possible!