Emergency Dentistry Dentist

Melvin Pierson, DDS, FAGD, FADI -  - General Dentist

Pierson Dental

Melvin Pierson, DDS, FAGD, FADI

General Dentistry, Orthodontics & Periodontics located in Sicklerville, NJ

Dental emergencies happen, and when they do, Dr. Melvin Pierson at Pierson Dental is available to help. With after-hours and same-day appointments, the practice regularly sees walk-in patients and provides urgent care in emergency situations to men, women, and families in Sicklerville, Williamstown, Glassboro, Clayton, and Franklinville, New Jersey. Call the office or book a last-minute online appointment if you have a dental issue that can’t wait for a few days.

Emergency Dentistry Q & A

What dental conditions qualify as an emergency?

If you’re not sure your situation is an emergency, call the office for guidance. The helpful staff can let you know if you need to come in right away or if you can wait a day or two for an appointment. The following problems usually require immediate attention at Pierson Dental:

  • Broken or fractured tooth
  • A severe toothache
  • Abscess or swelling
  • Fully or partially knocked-out tooth
  • Uncontrolled bleeding from the mouth or oral soft tissue
  • Object stuck between the teeth
  • Orthodontic emergency, such as broken brace brackets
  • Jaw injury

Dr. Pierson makes time to handle these issues because he recognizes that you can’t wait for the next appointment. It’s essential that you get the care you need and deserve as soon as possible.

How should I handle emergencies until I can get to the dentist’s office?

If you’ve knocked out a tooth, rinse any dirt or debris off, but keep the root intact and avoid touching it. Hold the tooth between your cheek and gum or let it sit in its socket. If that’s not possible, place the tooth in milk as you head to Pierson Dental. If the tooth is cracked but still in your mouth, rinse with warm salt water and apply ice packs to your cheek until you get to the office.

If you have an object stuck between your teeth, try to dislodge it with floss, but never with a sharp instrument. Toothaches benefit from a cold compress and a warm-water rinse. Never put an aspirin directly on sore gums.

How can I prevent dental emergencies?

Of course, you can never entirely prevent an accident, but you can take steps that reduce the chance of an emergency happening. Good oral hygiene habits and regular dental checkups avoid problems and help identify them before they become serious.

Other tips that may help prevent dental accidents include:

  • Be careful when eating especially tough, hard, or sticky foods
  • Don’t chew ice or hard objects
  • Wear a mouthguard if you play contact sports
  • Never use your teeth as tools

If you think you have a severe dental emergency, don’t hesitate to call Pierson Dental or book an immediate online appointment.