At the office of Dr. Richard Goldberg, we proudly provide a wide range of general, cosmetic, and implant dentistry services to patients of all ages. Whether you need regular exams & cleanings to maintain good oral health, or a Spotswood, NJ cosmetic dentist to enhance your smile, we’ve got all the dental care you need under one roof!

Because patient education is important to Dr. Goldberg and his team, we’ve put together the following information about how to properly handle dental emergencies. A dental emergency can happen to anyone at any time, whether it’s caused by a sudden accident or dental disease. Regardless of what’s happened to your teeth or the tissues of your mouth, It’s imperative that you receive the timely and proper care you need.

Traumatic Dental Injuries

A Kid Who Is About To Get Hit In The Face With A Baseball, Causing Tooth InjuryIt’s always a shock and very upsetting when a permanent tooth has been knocked-out. When this happens, it’s important to think quickly and do the right thing. To help increase the chances that the tooth can be saved, pick up the tooth without touching the root. Then if possible, rinse the tooth off with water and try to reinsert it into the socket, making sure it’s facing the right way. While holding the tooth in place with gentle pressure, head to your dentist’s office or the nearest emergency room. If you’re unable to put the tooth back in the socket, tuck it between the cheek and gums or carry it in a container of milk.

If you experience a more traumatic injury such as a tooth that’s moved or loosened, you must get the treatment you need within six hours to save the tooth. However, if you’re experiencing heavy, uncontrollable bleeding, you need to be seen immediately so head to the nearest emergency room.

For a less severe traumatic injury like a chipped tooth, try to find the piece that broke off because your dentist may be able to reattach it. Then make an appointment for an office visit as soon as possible to have the tooth repaired.


Lady with a toothacheExperiencing an acute or persistent toothache requires immediate dental care. The most common cause of a toothache is tooth decay, which is a bacterial infection that can quickly spread throughout the tooth and into the surrounding gums.

Your Spotswood, NJ emergency dentist may tell you that you need a root canal treatment to relieve you of the pain you’re feeling and to save the tooth. If this isn’t the case, you could have a loose filling or a sensitive tooth. The only way to find out what’s causing your toothache is to visit your dentist right away for an exam.

Gum Tissue Emergencies

Injuries and infections of the soft tissues of the mouth may also require emergency treatment. The tissues of the gums, tongue, or inside of the cheeks can be damaged by:

  • Accidental bites
  • Falls
  • Sports injuries
  • Scalding liquids

The gum tissues can also be damaged by foreign bodies that get caught below the gum line. This type of damage can develop into a pus-filled sac called an abscess that requires immediate treatment from your Monroe Township dentist.

If you suffer any injury to the soft tissues of the mouth, you should rinse your mouth out with a salt water solution. Bleeding can be controlled by pressing a clean, damp cloth to the area for 15 minutes. If the bleeding persists, go to the nearest emergency room.\

If a piece of food debris or another type of foreign body becomes lodged beneath the gum line, try to work it out using floss or a toothpick gently. If getting rid of the object cannot be accomplished easily, schedule an appointment with your dentist, so the area doesn’t become damaged or infected.

Orthodontic Emergencies

Even though it can be uncomfortable to wear braces, it is rare to experience an actual orthodontic emergency. There are a few different types of orthodontic emergencies that can occur including:

  • Trauma or injury to the teeth, face, or mouth
  • Swelling of the gums, face, or mouth
  • Severe, uncontrollable pain in the areas of the gum tissue, face, or mouth

If you experience any of the above, seek immediate care from your orthodontist or an emergency room. If a part of your braces loosens, breaks, or irritates the gums, inside of the cheeks or tongue, call your orthodontist for directions.

Contact Your Monroe Township Emergency Dentist

Even though you shouldn’t panic if you experience a dental emergency, you should act quickly. We encourage all our patients to keep our contact information on hand just in case an emergency happens. Whether you’re seeing us for Spotswood, NJ dental implants or for the general or cosmetic dentistry treatment you need, we’re always here for you! If you have any questions you need answers to, please feel free to call our office at (732) 251-7722 or contact us online.

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