There is never a convenient time for a dental emergency to occur. However, being prepared can help ease your nerves and your anxiety should the unexpected happen. At National Dental Hicksville, we offer emergency care any time of the day or night, no appointment necessary.
What to Do in Case of a Dental Emergency
The first thing you should do in any dental emergency is call our practice. Our team will give you further necessary instructions and arrange for a visit to our office. So, take a moment right now and add our phone number to your cell phone contact list: (516) 629-5068.
Once you have called our practice and spoken to a team member, there are a few helpful things you can do while you are on your way to our office. Listed below are a few of the most common dental emergencies. We will briefly explore how to handle them should they occur.
Toothache or Oral Pain
Gently swish with a warm saltwater rinse. Brush and floss the area to remove any foreign irritants. Take an over-the-counter pain reliever if necessary.
If possible, try to locate the piece of tooth that broke off. Place it in a plastic bag and bring it with you to our office. If there are jagged or rough edges irritating your tongue, cover it with a piece of orthodontic wax or sugar-free gum.
If a tooth is completely avulsed, try to locate it. Hold the tooth by the crown and rinse it off with warm water. If you can, place it back in the socket. If this cannot be done, store the tooth in a cup filled with milk or saline. If addressed soon enough, the tooth may be able to be replanted successfully.
A dental abscess may cause significant discomfort or swelling in the jaw. If necessary, take an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory, such as ibuprofen or naproxen. Apply a cold compress to the external area.
Categories of Dental Emergencies
Even though there are several types of dental emergency situations, most of them can be grouped into two classifications: facial trauma and painful teeth. Essentially, trauma occurs any time there is unexpected force applied to the mouth or face. For example, a sports-related injury, a fall, or a vehicle accident are all examples of facial trauma. Painful teeth may occur for any number of reasons. In most cases, there is an underlying issue that has remained dormant. Then suddenly, it develops into a more painful situation. Examples of this include pain caused by a cavity, a dental abscess, an infection in the gums, or an impacted tooth, among other things.
Both types of dental emergencies require immediate care. Though the situation may seem harmless, seemingly insignificant dental injuries can lead to more complex problems later on if they are not addressed in a timely manner.
Contact Your Emergency Dentist in Long Island Today
If you are in the midst of a dental emergency, call us right away. We have the tools necessary to treat your condition effectively so that you can go back to enjoying life again. Contact us online or call our office at (516) 629-5086.