Dr. Gerald V. Rizzo, D.M.D. and Associates

Emergency Dentist

Our office provides emergency dental care to our patients, treating complaints such as toothaches, severe oral pain, knocked out or broken teeth, and any other concerns that may come up. The sooner you get help for any of these conditions, the better, so please do not hesitate to call us if you are struggling with any kind of urgent oral complaint.

Emergencies do not fit nicely into a regular schedule. To accommodate this fact of life, we offer a wide variety of appointment options:

We welcome the following:

What Counts as a Dental Emergency?

Here are some of the most common dental emergencies requiring immediate treatment:

A Broken Tooth Due to Large or Repeated Fillings:

When you undergo repeated procedures on the same tooth, or when a large filling is placed, it can impact the structural integrity of your tooth. This can cause the filling to come out, or the tooth to break under pressure. Even if it doesn’t hurt, you should get help right away to protect the tooth from further damage.

Acute Pulpitis Resulting in a Severe Toothache:

Pulpitis is inflammation of the pulp, the inner layer of the tooth. This can be caused by an infection introduced through decay or trauma to the tooth. This can often be detected by sensitivity to hot or cold. This sensitivity can even be triggered by the passage of air past the tooth as your breathe. This is a serious condition that needs immediate care to alleviate the pain and repair the issue.

Tooth Abscess:

In some cases, an infection in the tooth can not only cause intermittent pain over long periods of time, but also swelling and the collection of pus in the root. This can cause swelling in the gum line and your face, and you may see pus. The tooth may even become loose in this condition. This is a serious condition and will require dental work to resolve the issue and save your tooth.

Gum Abscess:

Food caught between the tooth and the gum can cause an infection in the gum pocket. The infection may be marked by swollen gums, bleeding, and visible pus in the area.

Knocked-Out Tooth:

If one of your permanent teeth is knocked out, it can only be saved for a very limited amount of time. The root of a tooth will die within a few minutes if immediate care is not administered. Wash the tooth out and try to replace it in its socket. If you cannot, store it in your mouth or in a glass of milk (never water!) and come to our office as soon as possible. Your teeth cannot repair themselves, and any serious concerns should be dealt with as soon as possible. If you are suffering from a dental emergency, contact our office at (201) 939-5770 to get the care you need, no matter when it occurs.

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