Dental emergencies rarely happen at a convenient time. When they do occur, it is important to address them in a timely manner to avoid further complications. At National Dental Upper East Side in Manhattan, our team of experienced doctors are here to help you navigate dental emergencies any time of the day or night. No matter what your unique need, we can alleviate your discomfort and treat the issue, so you can resume normal life as soon as possible.
Maxillofacial trauma can be the result of a fall, an automobile accident, physical assault, or a sports-related injury, among other things. This type of emergency may include:
- Soft tissue injuries: lacerations to the oral soft tissues, such as the lips, gums, cheeks, tongue, or surrounding structures
- Bone injuries: jaw fractures or other broken orofacial bones such as the nose or cheekbones
- Tooth injuries: chipped, fractured, loose, or knocked-out teeth
Toothaches and Dental Pain
Oftentimes, dental discomfort can linger for days, weeks, and even months. In these instances, it is common to take over-the-counter pain relievers and hope the problem goes away on its own. However, any type of dental pain should be addressed immediately, as it can indicate a serious problem. It is difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of tooth pain without a professional consultation. However, some of the most common reasons for toothaches include:
- Tooth decay: Once decay reaches the internal structures of a tooth, it can lead to severe discomfort and sensitivity.
- Dental abscess: If bacteria and infection reach the pulp chamber of a tooth, it can cause a significant amount of discomfort. If not treated right away, this infection can spread to the adjacent teeth and even other parts of the body.
- Gum disease: Although periodontal disease does not usually cause pain in its early stages, it can cause a tremendous amount of discomfort if left untreated for a prolonged period of time.
- Malocclusion: If your teeth do not fit together properly, excessive pressure can stress certain points along the bite, leading to significant discomfort.
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
Knowing what to expect when a dental emergency occurs can help you navigate the situation with less stress and anxiety. Whenever you are faced with an unfortunate dental situation, the first thing you should do is call our office and let us know what is going on. We can provide further instruction for you and let you know what to expect upon arrival to our office. Here are just a few of the most common emergency scenarios, and how you can handle them should they occur:
- Broken tooth: If a tooth has fractured, see if you can locate the broken piece and bring it to our office with you. Cover any rough or jagged edges with orthodontic wax, or a piece of sugar-free gum.
- Avulsed tooth: Should a tooth become completely knocked out of its socket, rinse your mouth out with warm salt water. Locate the tooth and store it in a cup of saline or milk while you are on your way to our office. In many cases, an avulsed tooth can be replanted if treatment is pursued promptly.
- Loose tooth: If a tooth has become loose, leave it alone. It is important to visit our office right away, as we can usually splint the tooth to stabilize it.
- Toothache: For general tooth pain, take over-the-counter pain relievers, rinse with warm salt water, and apply a cold compress to the outer jaw in 20-minute increments until you can make it to our office.
Contact Your Emergency Dentist in Manhattan
If you are experiencing a dental emergency, call our Upper East Side location. Dial (646) 736-2206 or contact us online.