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Emergency Dentistry

Cosmetic, Family, and General Dentistry in Bernardsville, NJ

Dental emergencies happen when you least expect them. At Proud to Smile Dentistry in Bernardsville, New Jersey, Patricia Swaintek-Lamb, DMD, Karima West, RDH, and the team make an effort to leave room in their schedule to take care of patients who need immediate assistance. Whether you have a chipped tooth, broken restoration, or sudden pain, the team has you covered. Call immediately if you need emergency dental care, or use this website to request an appointment online. 

Emergency Dentistry Q & A

What is emergency dentistry?

Emergency dentistry is specialized care reserved for unexpected dental injuries or pain. You may require emergency dentistry following an event like a fall, sports injury, or car wreck. Dental emergencies include sudden pain, soft tissue swelling, or uncontrollable bleeding. 

Emergency care can help you prevent further oral health complications and, in some cases, save a tooth.


What is an emergency dentistry appointment like?

The Proud to Smile Dentistry team makes every effort to leave room in the daily schedule to accommodate last-minute emergency appointments. Call the office as soon as you need emergency care. 

When you arrive, Dr. Swaintek-Lamb does dental X-rays and performs a comprehensive oral exam to evaluate your injury or find the root cause of your pain. 

She may initiate treatment right away, including extractions or oral surgery. In some cases, she provides a temporary fix so you can return for more extensive treatment several days later. 


When should I seek emergency dentistry? 

If you suddenly develop unusual gum swelling, an abscess, or severe tooth pain, call the office of Proud to Smile Dentistry to arrange your emergency visit. The following injuries experienced during a fall or other type of accident also require immediate care: 

  • Knocked-out tooth
  • Loose dental restoration (like a crown)
  • Cracked or chipped teeth
  • Objects stuck between teeth

If you’re not sure your case requires an emergency visit, call the friendly staff. They can help you determine whether or not your issue can wait.


Can I avoid needing emergency dentistry?

You can’t avoid all dental emergencies, but you can reduce the chance you need immediate care. Excellent at-home oral hygiene, regular professional cleanings, and dental care at the first signs of dental pain or sensitivity are ways to avoid needing emergency care. 


Avoid a dental emergency by taking the following steps:

  • Wear protective gear, like mouthguards and helmets, when playing sports
  • Avoid chewing on solid objects like popcorn kernels and hard candies
  • Don’t use your teeth as tools to open bottles or boxes

If you need emergency dental care, contact Proud to Smile Dentistry. Call today or use this website to book immediate care online.