Dental emergencies usually require quick action in order to save a tooth. Finding the right emergency dentist Long Island quickly may make a difference as to whether the tooth can be saved or will be lost. Dentists with emergency experience will help save the tooth if you can get there quickly.
When a tooth gets knocked out, for best results, you will usually need to get to a dentist within an hour – less is better. In some cases, it may still be able to be restored, but less likely with more time passing.
When a tooth has been knocked completely out of the mouth, try to pick up the tooth by the crown and avoid touching the roots. If the tooth is dirty, gently rinse it off with water but do not wipe it with a cloth. If clean, try and gently replace it in its socket, but do not force it. An alternative is to put it in milk to keep it moist or let the person hold it between their gums and cheek.
When you arrive at the dentist’s office, the dentist will evaluate the tooth and situation. In some cases, the tooth may be saved, and it may need to be splinted to a neighboring tooth for support while it heals. This may or may not require a root canal.
If the tooth cannot be saved, it would be the ideal time to get a dental implant. This is the best option for missing teeth because not only is it permanent and will provide a stable replacement, but it will also help prevent bone loss.
If the knocked-out tooth is a baby tooth, the emergency dentist Long Island may or may not try to re-insert it into the socket. Sometimes, this can damage the permanent tooth underneath.
Toothaches can quickly produce a lot of pain. When this happens, first rinse your mouth out with warm water. Then, try to floss around the tooth that hurts to remove food particles that may be present between your teeth.
If you see that your gums are inflamed, or that pus is coming out of your gums by the hurting tooth, see a dentist immediately. This may be an abscessed tooth, which could become life-threatening.
When a tooth is cracked, it can be very painful. Use warm water to rinse out your mouth and place a cold compress on your cheek to help keep the swelling under control. You can take acetaminophen for pain, and see a dentist right away.
Preventing dental injuries may help to reduce the need to go to a dentist. Use a mouthguard to protect your teeth when playing sports. You also want to eat a healthy diet, which will strengthen your teeth and help your gums fight gum disease.
Global Family Dental has an emergency dentist Long Island in our office. Our friendly and professional staff can help you when you or a family member has a dental emergency. We also provide a wide range of services to help restore your smile – if that should be needed.
1037 Fulton Street
Farmingdale NY 11735