Emergency Dentist – Marlton, NJ
Providing Root Canals & Other Urgent Dental Care
When dental emergencies occur, the last thing you want is to feel like you have no one to turn to. Many dental offices don’t prioritize dental emergencies, but the South Jersey Center for Dental Medicine team is here whenever our patients need us — and that includes when you’re experiencing a dental emergency. If you’re unsure if your situation requires urgent dental care, we encourage you to contact our dentistry team anyway. The sooner our trusted emergency dentist in Marlton, NJ gets started correcting your smile concerns, the more likely we’ll be able to offer a conservative, minimally-invasive treatment plan.
Why Choose the South Jersey Center for Dental Medicine for Emergency Dental Care?
- Same-Day Emergency Appointments Available
- Get Scheduled for a Visit on Saturdays
- We Make Time for Walk-Ins
How We Treat Dental Emergencies
Set up your same-day appointment : Dr. Vidya Kini Kukkundur or one of her knowledgeable team members is always available to answer your call. Whenever possible, we’ll schedule an appointment on the same day you phone our dental office. If we’re unable to provide treatment on the day you call, we’ll walk you through at-home care over the phone or direct you to contact your local emergency room.
Complete an emergency exam : Once you get to our dental office, we’ll be able to perform an emergency exam, capture X-rays if needed, and determine the source of your dental emergency. If you are in discomfort, we’ll also be able to provide you pain relief.
Review our findings with you : We’ll break down our findings with you, then recommend a specific treatment plan to address your emergency to the fullest. You’ll know the estimated costs and expected timeline before we begin any stage of your treatment plan.
Get the care you need : Our team members will work as quickly as we can to treat your dental emergency at the source, whether it’s through dental fillings, crowns, root canal therapy, or another service entirely, depending on your needs.
The Most Common Dental Emergencies
Common emergencies we treat include tooth pain and damaged teeth, but these issues come in many different forms. If you believe that something isn’t quite right with your smile, don’t take the risk; call our dental office to schedule an appointment and get the professional care you need. If you experience any of the following dental emergencies, you can get advice on how to manage your situation until you arrive at our dental office.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Emergencies
Without completing a detailed exam of your smile, we can’t know for sure how much your dental emergency will cost you or even which treatment will best help you address your symptoms. After we’ve evaluated your condition, we’ll be better able to breakdown your costs and the number of appointments you’ll need to complete to resolve your emergency. Keep in mind that avoiding the treatments you need can result in higher costs later as your dental symptoms are only likely to worsen.
Keys to Preventing Dental Emergencies
Avoiding dental emergencies is always more favorable than reacting to them once they’ve already appeared. The good news is most dental emergencies are preventable when you have the right tips and habits in mind. For example, you should always:
Visit Your Dentist Regularly
Although our team is always here to help if a serious dental injury arises, we’re also here to provide essential preventive care to prevent that from happening. At your biannual checkups, we will thoroughly examine your teeth, gums, existing dental work, and tongue, screening for tooth decay, gum disease, oral cancer, and other serious dental problems in the process. We’ll also carefully remove plaque and tartar to help keep your oral health in pristine condition between visits.
Maintain Good Oral Hygiene At Home
Of course, one of the easiest ways to protect your teeth and gums from harm is by taking good care of your smile on a daily basis. That starts with brushing your teeth twice a day (or after each meal) with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste. It’s also important that you floss each day and rinse with an antimicrobial mouthwash each evening to clean between your teeth and along your gumline. Remember to clean your tongue in the process too!
Stick to a Nutritious Diet
Eating a well-balanced diet can do wonders for your oral health. After all, your body needs vitamins, minerals, and nutrients from foods like fruits and vegetables in order to keep your jawbone strong, your teeth healthy, and your gums infection-free. Plus, too much added sugar can result in significant tooth decay that can result in painful toothaches, cracked teeth, and the like. In short, do your best to fill your meals with nutrient-dense foods to help avoid a same-day trip to our office for treatment.
Wear a Mouthguard
One of the easiest ways to crack, fracture, chip, or completely knock out a tooth is by not wearing a mouthguard when playing sports. In fact, even if you surf, skateboard, snowboard, or participate in another non-contact sport, you should wear a mouthguard to protect your smile from harm. At your biannual visits, we will also look for signs of chronic grinding and clenching. If needed, we can provide you with a mouthguard to prevent premature wear and tear as well.
Use Tools to Open Packages, Not Your Teeth
Remember, your teeth should not be used to open a bottle cap, remove a clothing tag, hold your keys, or anything similar. Not only will these introduce numerous bacteria to your mouth, but they will also dramatically increase the likelihood of you sustaining dental damage. Simply put, don’t use your teeth as tools if you want to keep them strong and healthy.
Dental Emergency Frequently Asked Questions
Do you still have questions about what you should do if an urgent dental problem strikes? Dr. Sandberg, your knowledgeable and experienced emergency dentist, can see you as soon as possible in this situation so you don’t have to spend much time worrying. For your convenience, we’ve answered some of the questions that our patients ask us the most often about emergency dental services below.
Should I Wait to See If My Toothache Will Go Away on Its Own?
In some cases, toothaches are caused by a minor issue, like a piece of food getting trapped between your teeth. Sometimes, though, tooth pain can be the result of a serious infection. If you’ve flossed in the area and your pain persists, contact us right away, because an infection could be to blame.
When a cavity is left untreated for long enough, dangerous bacteria can infiltrate the center of the tooth, known as the pulp. This sensitive collection of nerves and tissues can then become infected, causing a severe toothache that can keep you from eating, sleeping, and being able to focus. Without proper treatment, the infection could even spread to other teeth and oral structures, resulting in lasting damage.
Should I Visit the ER or an Emergency Dentist?
In the panicked moment in which a dental emergency arises, it can be tough to decide whether to contact your dentist or an emergency room. Our dental office is well-equipped to handle most serious dental situations. Only visit the ER if you have any of the following:
- Trouble breathing or swallowing
- Deep facial cuts
- Profuse bleeding
- A dislocated or broken jawbone
If you’re not sure where to go, don’t hesitate to call our dental office first and ask. If you do need to go to the ER, schedule an appointment with us afterward so we can determine whether further treatment is required to restore your smile.
Will My Tooth Have to Be Removed?
It may be tempting to ask us to simply take out a tooth that’s giving you trouble. However, we generally only extract a tooth as a last resort. Even one missing tooth can contribute to serious oral health problems, like jawbone deterioration, an increased risk of gum disease, and further tooth loss down the road. Not to mention, replacing a missing tooth can be costly. We’ll try our best to save your tooth, but if extracting it is what’s best for your oral health, we’ll make the process as smooth and stress-free as possible.