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Dental Emergencies

Here at Jonathandentalspa, we know that not every trip to the dentist is planned. In case you are worried about what to do, here are some of our quick tips on what you can do before you call us.

Types of Dental Related Issues


A pain within or around a tooth.  Most likely this can be due to tooth decay that is near the tooth nerve.  Jonathan Abenaim is a cosmetic and restorative dentist in New Jersey. Throughout his many years in practice, he has heeded the call of many a patient in dental distress. Dr. Abenaim has developed an arsenal of at-home tips to help patients with toothaches and other emergencies until they reach his dental chair. Before heading to the dentist office, you can:

  • Floss to clean the hard to reach / in between teeth area
  • Rinse  or Gargle with warm water to flush out trapped food.
  • Take a Pain Reliever: Tylenol, Advil or Aleve. Those with medical problems should consult a physician before taking any pain reliever as the interaction with other meds and medical conditions may cause unintended side effects.
  • Orajel or Anbesol on the immediate painful area.

There is also something that a patient can buy called Dentemp. It’s over the counter and can be used to cement a temporary or permanent crown until the person gets to his/her dentist. It could also be used to caulk or fill a hole in case a filling breaks.

Canker Sores

A canker sore is a circular cut/wound  on your tongue or on the inside of your lip or cheek.

There could be a variety of reasons why a person gets a canker sore. People with metal braces often get these at the start of treatment when the metal pokes the sides of the inner checks. Dr. Abenaim suspects that certain types of toothpaste containing sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) could cause canker sores. “Toothpaste that doesn’t contain SLS usually makes a big deal about it by saying ‘SLS free’ on its label,” says Dr. Abenaim.  Here are some recommendations from our office:

  • Orajel or Anbesol on the immediate painful area.
  • Tea Tree Oil to sooth immflamuation.
  • A mixture of  1/3 Mylanta, 1/3 Benedryl, and 1/3 viscous Lidocaine to ease discomfort.

Irritated Gums

“About 80 percent of our population deals with gum problems – from gingivitis all the way up to losing teeth,” according to Dr. Abenaim. A holistic approach to ease pain before visiting our office can be:

  • Ginseng Tonic: Rinse / Gargle with a ginger tonic to promote circulation and accelerate healing.
  • Black Tea: .The natural astringent tannins in tea can help to shrink swollen tissue and stop bleeding.

Missing Tooth

In the event that your tooth gets knocked loose/ falls out, its important to soak the tooth in milk and call us as soon as possible (973) 423-4460. Dr. Abenaim will try his best to save the tooth. If its not possible to save the tooth, Dr. Abenaim can review our options to restore your smile to its natural state (prior to the missing tooth) via implants or a bridge. 

Chipped Tooth

Like a missing tooth, its important to preserve the chip and call our office asap.  Dr. Abenaim can use the piece to bond it back onto the tooth.  If its a minor chip, we can also smooth the area so that it doesn’t not irritate your tongue.

Crown Missing/ Filling Missing

If you find your self with a crown or a filling coming off, you can visit the pharmacy for Dentemp to put the crown or filling back in place. Then schedule an appointment with our office to get the permanent replacement.

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