Emergency Dentistry

Treatment for Dental Emergencies

Seeking care in the event of a dental emergency is crucial to dental health and wellness. If you have an urgent dental issue, contact Frost Dental Group immediately at (201) 438-8870. During office hours there is always at least one doctor tending to emergencies requiring prompt treatment.

Our office provides on-call service for emergencies, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. When you call, one of our emergency dentists will be contacted immediately and will reach out to you as soon as possible.

Relief for Toothaches and Broken Teeth

Our team understands how painful a sore tooth can be – whether decay has created infection or a tooth was severely broken and is uncomfortable. Our emergency dentist, Dr. Lee T. Frost, treats patients with problematic teeth, restoring comfort, function, and aesthetics. Don’t put off treatment for a toothache! Seek care from our office immediately to avoid extraction and provide pain relief for problematic dental issues.

Dr. Frost and his team treat a variety of dental emergencies, including infection and abscesses, broken and cracked teeth, damaged prosthetics, loose dental crowns, and knocked-out teeth. Whether you’ve bitten into something hard and chipped a tooth, or lost a tooth in an accident, our office is here to help.

Emergency Dental Services in Rutherford, NJ

When you visit our office for emergency dental care, Dr. Frost and his team offer many ways to restore your smile, including: 

Same-Day Dental Implant Placement and Restoration – Teeth that have been knocked out entirely can be replaced with implant dentistry at our office. While some natural teeth can be restored to their original location, if handled properly, other instances call for prosthetics. Dr. Frost can place your new dental implant and a temporary tooth in one appointment.

Emergency Root Canals – For tooth infections, and large cracks in dental enamel, Dr. Frost provides endodontic treatment. Root canal therapy helps to eliminate bacteria and preserve your tooth.

Tooth Extraction – When a tooth is damaged beyond repair, however, extraction and prosthetic replacement may be required. Dr. Frost and his team provide restorations in the event of a missing tooth, including implant-supported crowns, dental bridges, and partials.

Contact our Emergency Dental Office!

With several dentists on staff, we are always able to give prompt attention to emergencies. To reach one of our dentists after regular office hours, please call (201) 438-8870.

Due to the unscheduled nature of emergencies, occasional delays in the appointment schedule do occur. We hope that you understand that these delays are unavoidable, and that in a dental emergency you would be extended the same consideration.

Dental emergencies are quite frightening and often painful.  Prompt treatment is almost always required to alleviate pain and to ensure the teeth have the best possible chance of survival.

Sometimes, teeth become fractured by trauma, grinding, or biting on hard objects.  In other cases, fillings, crowns, and other restorative devices can be damaged or fall out of the mouth completely.  If there is severe pain, it is essential to contact our office immediately.  The pain caused by dental emergencies almost always gets worse without treatment, and dental issues can seriously jeopardize physical health.

Types of dental emergency and how to deal with them

Avulsed tooth (tooth knocked out)

If a tooth has been knocked clean out of the mouth, it is essential to see a dentist immediately.  When a tooth exits the mouth, tissues, nerves, and blood vessels become damaged.  If the tooth can be placed back into its socket within an hour, there is a chance the tissues will grow to support the tooth once again.

Here are some steps to take:

  1. Call our office.
  2. Pick up the tooth by the crown and rinse it under warm water.  DO NOT touch the root.
  3. If possible, place it back into its socket – if not tuck it into the cheek pouch.
  4. If the tooth cannot be placed in the mouth, put the tooth into a cup of milk, saliva, or water as a last resort.  It is important to keep the tooth from drying out.
  5. Get to our office, quickly and safely.

We will try to replace the tooth in its natural socket.  In some cases, the tooth will reattach, but if the inner mechanisms of the teeth are seriously damaged, root canal therapy might be necessary.

Lost filling or crown

Usually, a crown or filling comes loose while eating.  Once it is out of the mouth, the affected tooth may be incredibly sensitive to temperature changes and pressure.  Crowns generally become loose because the tooth beneath is decaying.  The decay causes shape changes in the teeth – meaning that the crown no longer fits.

If a crown has dropped out of the mouth, make a dental appointment as soon as possible.  Keep the crown in a cool, safe place because there is a possibility that we can reinsert it.  If the crown is out of the mouth for a long period of time, the teeth may shift or sustain further damage.

When we are not immediately accessible, here are the steps to take:

  1. Apply clove oil to the tooth to alleviate pain.
  2. Clean the crown, and affix it onto the tooth with dental cement.  This can be purchased at a local pharmacy.
  3. If the crown is lost, smear the top of the tooth with dental cement to alleviate discomfort.
  4. DO NOT use any kind of glue to affix the crown.

We will check the crown to see if it still fits.  If it does, it will be reattached to the tooth. Where decay is noted, this will be treated and a new crown will be made.

Cracked or broken teeth

The teeth are strong, but they are still prone to fractures, cracks, and breaks.  Sometimes fractures are fairly painless, but if the crack extends down into the root, it is likely that the pain will be extreme.  Fractures, cracks, and breaks can take several different forms, but are generally caused by trauma, grinding, and biting.  If a tooth has been fractured or cracked, there is no alternative but to schedule an appointment as quickly as possible.

Where a segment of tooth has been broken off, here are some steps that can be taken at home:

  1. Call our office.
  2. Rinse the tooth fragment and the mouth with lukewarm water.
  3. Apply gauze to the area for ten minutes if there is bleeding.
  4. Place a cold, damp dishtowel on the cheek to minimize swelling and pain.
  5. Cover the affected area with over-the-counter dental cement if you cannot see us immediately.
  6. Take a topical pain reliever.

The nature of the break or fracture will limit what we are able to do.  If a fracture or crack extends into the root, root canal therapy is often the most effective way to retain the tooth. In the case of a complete break, your dentist will usually affix the fragment back onto the tooth as a temporary measure.

Dislodged/loose teeth

When a tooth has been dislodged or loosened from its socket by trauma or decay, it might be possible to save it. If the tooth remains in the mouth still attached to the blood vessels and nerves, there is a good chance root canal therapy will not be necessary.

It is important to call our office immediately to make an appointment.  In the meantime, use a cold compress and over-the-counter medications to relieve pain.  Our emergency dentist in Rutherford will reposition the tooth and add splints to stabilize it.  If the tooth fails to heal, root canal therapy might be required.

If you have questions or concerns about dental emergencies, please contact our office.


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Dr. Lee T. Frost
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Frost Dental Group | 75 Orient Way Suite 203, Rutherford, NJ 07070 | Phone: (201) 438-8870

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