Emergency Dentistry

Dentistry can’t always be scheduled, sometimes the need for emergency dentistry services arise. When they do, we will work to restore your smile as quickly as possible so that you can put the pain and the injury behind you.

Same-Day Dentist Appointments in Lafayette, NJ

Dental issues and accidents can happen at any time. Sometimes they require immediate treatment. If you need urgent dental care or emergency dentistry services, we’re here to help.

We offer affordable, emergency dental care that will get you back to everyday life as soon as possible. We reserve space in our schedule for emergency same-day dentist appointments and will work diligently to treat you quickly and comfortably.

Contact us immediately if you have a dental emergency.
If it is outside of our office hours or we cannot answer the phone, please leave a message, and we will return your call as soon as possible.

Office Hours:

  • Monday-Wednesday: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Thursday: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

 

photo of woman sitting in dental chair holding her cheek in pain
  • What is a dental emergency?

    There are several types of dental emergencies. Dental emergencies can include a sudden and severe toothache, an accident that chips or cracks a tooth, a damaged or loose restoration, or a lost or damaged tooth. To know if your situation is an emergency, ask yourself the following questions:

    • Are you in severe pain or experiencing severe swelling?
    • Do you have a painful toothache that will not subside?
    • Do you have a loose or knocked-out tooth?
    • Do you have swelling in your cheeks or face combined with a toothache?
    • Are you experiencing extreme tooth sensitivity?
    • Are you bleeding from the mouth that will not stop?
    • Is your jaw injured?

    Any dental problem that needs immediate treatment to stop bleeding, alleviate severe pain, or save a tooth is considered an emergency. This consideration also applies to severe infections that can be life-threatening and constitute contacting your dental office.

  • What’s the best way to handle a dental emergency?

    The best thing to do in a dental emergency is to contact us for a same-day appointment. However, if your dental issues are severe, you should go to the emergency room.

    Depending on the dental emergency you are experiencing, there may be some things you can do to help ease your pain and help the situation. Some efforts include:

    • Dissolve a teaspoon of salt into a mug of warm water and use it as a mouthwash
    • If your tooth is knocked out, place it in a glass of milk until you can see your dentist
    • Try flossing to eliminate any gum pressure
    • Use a cold compress on the swelling or painful area
    • Rinse with diluted Hydrogen Peroxide to kill bacteria
    • Take over-the-counter pain medication to alleviate pain
  • What does an emergency dental appointment cost?

    Dental emergencies follow the same payment guidelines as normal dental practices. For a list of our accepted insurance providers, forms of payment, and all other payment information, visit our Financial page.

  • What if my tooth gets knocked out?

    • Pick up the tooth by the top (crown), NOT by the root—do not touch the root.
    • Rinse the tooth very gently with only water, no soaps or chemicals. Do NOT scrub the tooth.
    • If possible, place the tooth back into the socket. Gently push it in with your fingers then hold it in place while trying to bite down.
    • If you can’t place the tooth back into the socket, put it in a container with milk.
    • Contact your dentist right away—the faster you act, the more likely it is that your tooth will be able to be reimplanted.
  • What if my tooth is loose but still attached?

    If you have a loose tooth or a tooth out of alignment, contact us to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. You can try to put the tooth back in its original position by gently positioning it with your fingers—do not force it. We will advise if there is anything else you should do before your appointment.

  • What if I have a chipped or cracked tooth?

    If you have a chipped or cracked tooth, contact your dentist immediately. Chipped teeth that aren’t painful can usually be smoothed out or filled in at a regular dental appointment.  A cracked tooth typically indicates that there’s damage to the inside of the tooth, as well as the outside. If your tooth is cracked, please follow these steps after contacting your dentist.

    • Rinse your mouth with warm water
    • Apply a cold compress to minimize swelling
    • Take acetaminophen (not aspirin) to alleviate pain
    • Do NOT apply any pain medication—including Orajel—directly to the gums, as it can damage gum tissue

More Questions?

If you have more questions about urgent dental care, please contact our office and we will be happy to discuss further.

Lafayette Dental

50 Route 15
Lafayette, NJ 07848
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Hours

Monday - Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (2 per month)

Phone

(973) 579-7888

Email Address

[email protected]

Dental emergency?

Emergency treatment is available to our entire patient base, as well as 24-hour on-call service. Call us at (973) 579-7888.