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How to Know If You Have a Dental Emergency


When unexpected pain or accidents affect your teeth, gums, or jaw, knowing whether you need immediate medical attention is crucial. Dental emergencies can range from a knocked-out tooth to severe infections, and each situation demands prompt action to prevent further complications or permanent damage.

At Elizabeth Oral Surgery Group, we understand the urgency and anxiety that accompany dental emergencies. Our team is committed to providing rapid and effective care to address your needs. Whether it’s a lost filling or a more severe issue like a jaw injury, we are here to assist you every step of the way.

Recognizing Dental Emergencies

A dental emergency typically involves pain, discomfort, or injury that requires immediate professional attention. If you’re experiencing severe pain that hinders your ability to go about your daily activities, it might be a sign of an underlying issue that needs urgent care. For instance, if a toothache becomes unbearable, it could indicate an infection or abscess that might not only threaten your tooth but also your overall health if left untreated.

Another clear sign of a dental emergency is trauma to the mouth or jaw. This could include knocked-out teeth, significant cracks or fractures in your teeth, or injuries to your gums that result in continuous bleeding. Such situations often occur from accidents or sports injuries and necessitate quick action to increase the chances of saving the teeth and preventing infections.

Swelling in the mouth or facial region is also a red flag for a dental emergency. Swelling can indicate an infection such as an abscess, which can spread and become life-threatening. If you notice swelling, particularly if accompanied by fever, difficulty breathing, or swallowing, it’s important to seek immediate care to address the infection before it worsens.

When to Visit an Oral Surgeon

Sometimes, dental issues require a specialist, such as an oral surgeon. Oral surgeons handle complex dental problems that go beyond what a general dentist can address. If you experience severe injuries to the jaw or face, such as fractures or deep cuts, visiting an oral surgeon is essential for proper care and recovery.

Certain dental emergencies need specialized surgical intervention. For example, impacted wisdom teeth that cause severe pain or potential damage to adjacent teeth might require removal by an oral surgeon. Similarly, advanced cases of dental abscesses that have caused significant swelling or systemic infection might also necessitate surgical treatment rather than simple dental procedures.

Moreover, oral surgeons are equipped to handle emergency surgeries needed to restore function and aesthetics to your mouth and jaw after an injury. Their training in advanced surgical techniques and pain management ensures even the most severe dental emergencies are treated with the highest level of care.

Why Choose Elizabeth Oral Surgery Group?

Choosing the right oral surgeon can significantly affect the success of your treatment and recovery. At Elizabeth Oral Surgery Group, you’re not just a patient but a part of our family. Dr. Nancy Herbst, with over 25 years of experience, and her team use the latest technologies and techniques to ensure you receive the best care possible. Our office is equipped to handle a wide range of dental emergencies with promptness and expertise. From wisdom teeth extraction to emergency repair of facial trauma, we provide comprehensive solutions tailored to meet your urgent needs. 

Our commitment to patient care is evident before, during, and after your treatment, ensuring a smooth and comfortable recovery. If you find yourself facing a dental emergency, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Elizabeth Oral Surgery Group is here to assist you with your urgent dental needs. You can reach us at (908) 663-5309 or visit our contact form to schedule an appointment today.