Accidents happen. But accidents don’t always occur when your dentist’s office is open. A dental problem is never fun, and even less so when it’s a dental emergency. If you have a tooth or mouth injury, you may need to act quickly. Not only do you want to get rid of the discomfort, but many dental disorders require prompt attention to heal correctly.


Don’t Gamble With Your Health

Don’t wait around and bear the pain. Reach out to our helpful professionals. At Durham Dental Center in Plainfield, NJ, we’re here for you. 


What is a Dental Emergency?

If you question whether or not you need immediate dental care, you probably do. Do not hesitate to contact 911 if you have a serious injury that requires immediate attention. Use your intuition and err on the safe side. Emergency dentistry concerns anything related to stopping immediate pain, stopping bleeding, or saving a tooth or teeth. Our goal is to alleviate pain and perform the treatment to promote and restore dental health as soon as possible. 

Some Dental Emergency Examples Are:




Have a Plan in Place

It’s a good idea to know beforehand how to handle an emergency dentistry situation. Help is only a call away at Durham Dental Center. Have our number handy and the numbers of other emergency helplines. Be familiar with our location in Plainfield so that you can get to us quickly when you need help.


What to do if You Have a Dental Emergency

Your teeth can loosen, break, or even come out. Whether you need emergency care because of pain or a cosmetic concern such as a missing tooth, consider our emergency services. 


Contact us any time you have questions about a dental issue. Some common dental emergencies include:

Broken, cracked, or loose teeth. When a tooth comes out, the sooner it is treated, the better. When possible, resetting a loose tooth should generally be done within an hour of the injury. Until then, follow these steps:

  1. If the displaced tooth is whole, make sure you handle the tooth by the crown (the top) and not by the root. 
  2. Rinse it clean without scrubbing it, and place it back into the socket and keep it there until treatment if possible. This can prevent the reattachment cells from dying. 
  3. If it doesn’t go back into the socket, putting the tooth in a cup of warm milk can sometimes keep it in good condition until you reach professional care.


If a portion of your tooth has broken off, keep all the pieces you can locate. See also our broken tooth section of our website. 


    1. Apply a cold compress
    2. Take an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory such as Tylenol
    3. Rinse with saltwater


If the pain may become unbearable, seek treatment. Tooth decay and gum disease are two ailments that require immediate attention.


Preventing Dental Emergencies

Here are a few precautions to help you avoid a broken, cracked, or displaced tooth:


See Us for Regular Checkups About Twice per Year

See us regularly for evaluations and teeth cleaning. Regular checkups can help keep the doctor away, preventing minor dental issues from becoming major ones. 


The Best Emergency Dental Care in Plainfield, New Jersey

We want you to have healthy, pain-free teeth and gums. Sometimes that requires providing better dental care coverage than your average dentist might have available. Durham Dental Center provides exceptional service. We’ll keep your smile exceptionally beautiful, healthy, and functional. 

Call today for an appointment.