Dental Emergency, Now What?
Much of the dental care you’ll receive throughout your life is routine and scheduled, from cleanings to fillings to procedures such as dental implants. In some cases, however, dental emergencies can occur, leaving you anxious and scared as you wonder what to do and where you can get help quickly.
In this blog, the doctors at Dental365 explain what you need to know about dental emergencies.
What are some common types of dental emergencies, and what should you do about them?
You should see your dentist as soon as possible when you have a dental emergency. This will enable you to quickly get the care you need and help minimize the damage.
The following are some of the most common types of dental emergencies, along with advice to follow before you get to the dentist:
- Tooth that’s knocked out - Try to keep it moist at all times. You can do this by placing it back into its socket without touching the root. If you can’t do this, try placing it between your cheek and gums or in milk.
- Broken or cracked tooth - Rinse your mouth with warm water and use cold compresses on your face. If you have the piece of the tooth that was broken off, bring it with you when you go to the dentist.
- Toothaches – Rinse your mouth with warm water. You may have heard to put aspirin on your tooth or gums, but this isn’t recommended because it can cause irritation.
- Bitten tongue or lip – Clean the area gently with water and apply a cold compress.
- Object stuck in the mouth – Try to gently remove it with floss, but don’t use anything else.
- Broken dentures – Don’t try to repair your dentures using household glues or other items. They need to be repaired by a dental professional.
After an emergency visit, it is important to follow up with a dentist so that they can monitor your progress.
What types of treatments are offered?
Dental crowns and dental bonding are often used to repair broken teeth. Crowns are a custom-fitted covering for a damaged tooth, and bonding uses a color-matched composite resin to cover up chips or fractures.
If a tooth is too damaged to be repaired, it may need to be extracted. However, many solutions – such as dental bridges, partial dentures, and dental implants – are available to help restore the area.
Painful cavities can be filled, but if they’ve become infected, the area will need to be cleaned and irrigated before other necessary treatments are performed.
What makes Dental365 different?
Dental365 offers modern, concierge dental services from expertly trained specialists and general dental practitioners. We know it's important that you have your dental services available when and where you need them, so we have locations all throughout the metropolitan New York area and are open seven days a week. We also have extended business hours on weekdays and offer emergency dental services.
If you have a dental emergency, contact Dental365 immediately. We are committed to providing convenient dental care for our patients. We’ll make sure you get the care you need to restore your beautiful, healthy smile.