Emergency Dentistry Specialist

Edison Dental Health Center

David Illes, DDS

General Dentistry located in Edison, NJ

A mouth wound, cracked tooth, or knocked-out teeth should all have you headed to an emergency dentist right away. David Illes, DDS, at Edison Dental Health Center in Edison, New Jersey, is prepared to serve the emergency dental needs of your entire family. If you're dealing with a dental emergency, don't wait. Call the office or schedule an appointment online.

Emergency Dentistry Q & A

What is emergency dentistry?

Emergency dentists treat oral injuries and pain that need to be fixed or addressed immediately. Most dental emergencies are situations in which you might lose a broken or knocked-out tooth for good. Visiting Dr. Illes as soon as you can after your injury, preferably within 30 minutes, could mean the difference between saving and losing your injured tooth.

Is it a dental emergency?

It's never a bad idea to find emergency dental care if you're concerned about a severe oral injury or condition for yourself or a member of your family. Common dental emergency situations include:

  • Knocked-out teeth
  • A loose permanent tooth
  • Severe tooth or mouth pain
  • Bleeding inside your mouth from your cheeks, tongue, or gums
  • Trauma to your face or mouth
  • Uncomfortable swelling in your mouth, gums, or tongue
  • A badly cracked or broken tooth
  • A laceration or tear on your lips

If a tooth is slightly chipped and doesn't hurt, you might not be dealing with a dental emergency. That being said, feel free to contact Dr. Illes if you're concerned to help explain how to take care of your tooth until you can make it into the office.

How should I handle a knocked-out tooth?

Act quickly, and there's a good chance you can save a knocked-out tooth. Put off going to the dentist and you may be at risk of losing the tooth. In this situation, clean both the injured tooth and inside your mouth. Rinse your mouth and tooth with lukewarm water. Avoid touching or holding the tooth's roots.

Hold the tooth by the crown (the smooth white top part) as you rinse it. If you can, hold the cleaned tooth by the crown and reinsert it into the empty socket. Close your mouth and bite down gently on the tooth, if you can. It might help to bite down on a soft piece of gauze until you can visit Dr. Illes. Call immediately, or have someone call for you to explain the situation.

What should you do if you can't put the tooth back in your mouth? The goal is to keep the tooth moist at all times. Put it in a cup of milk or in your mouth next to your cheek to help preserve it until you arrive at the dental office.

When you're facing a dental emergency, call Edison Dental Health Center for expert assistance.