Waiting for a dental appointment sometimes isn’t an option. You need treatment now. If you’re looking for emergency dental care in Westchester, then you’ve come to the right place. We offer a comprehensive emergency dental service, treating all manner or oral health emergencies. We’re here for you whenever you need us.
Do you have a dental emergency on your hands? Here are some of the most common dental emergencies that we see in our clinic. Remember, this is not an exhaustive list. If you’re in severe and unusual pain, always get in touch with to book an emergency consultation.
A tooth fracture is a potentially critical oral health issue and not something that can wait. Fractured teeth can be painful and make it difficult to eat. Also, if the tooth is severely fractured or broken off, it’s vital to get dental attention quickly. Dentists have special procedures which allow them to reattach teeth that have been knocked out.
Tooth fractures can occur for all kinds of reasons, including playing sports and being involved in a motor vehicle accident.
Oral infections are not only excruciating, but they also damage the teeth and jawbone, causing permanent damage if left unchecked. If you have swelling around your gums or an abscess developing, then book an emergency appointment. We will assess your mouth to see whether there is an infection and, if necessary, prescribe special antibiotics that target the type of bacteria that live in the mouth.
Some oral infections are medical emergencies. If the swelling is so painful that it is preventing you from sleeping or is visible from the outside, book an emergency appointment with us immediately.
If you have an oral infection or an injury, the pain can be intense. The body sends a large number of inflammatory factors to the site to fight off the threat and protect the body but, in so doing, it causes a lot of pain. The higher the level of pain, the more your body is trying to tell you that something is seriously wrong, and you need to fix it.
If you have a toothache, then try cleaning around it gently with fluoride toothpaste and then rinse your mouth out with saltwater. Salt water is exceptionally effective at lifting food particles that can get stuck between teeth and around the gums.
While it might be tempting to take aspirin to deal with toothaches, you should not. Asprin thins the blood and prevents it from clotting. By taking aspirin, you could induce uncontrollable bleeding.
Ibuprofen is an effective over-the-counter pain killer and anti-inflammatory drug. It reduces discomfort, and the anti-inflammatory element minimizes the volume of swelling, again making the toothache or gum issue less painful.
If you’ve had a tooth knocked out, then collect the tooth and pick it up by the crown (the top part of the tooth). Avoid touching the root. The bacteria on your hand can cause infection of the root later on. In addition, try to avoid touching the tooth as much as possible. Then, reinsert it into the socket and hold it in place with clean gauze or cloth.
If you can’t reinsert the tooth (perhaps because there’s trauma to the gum or the tooth is broken awkwardly), then put it in a glass of milk. Finally, book an emergency dental appointment with us. The faster that we can deal with the problem, the more likely it is that you will be able to save the tooth.
If you have a cut lip or tongue, it can be painful and bleed excessively. Do not take aspirin to numb the pain. Aspirin thins the blood and prevents clotting, and could lead to continual, uncontrollable bleeding.
Next, place a sterile gauze in your mouth. Put pressure on the wound to try to induce a clot. If you don’t stop bleeding after fifteen minutes, go to the emergency room.
While it’s great to have a dentist like us by your side when you have a dental emergency, it’s always best to avoid these critical situations in the first place. How do you do that?
While playing sports is a fulfilling and life-affirming experience, it’s also a dangerous one for your teeth. Rugby, hockey, and other contact sports have a high risk of damaging your teeth and causing a dental emergency.
The safest thing that you can do is wear a custom mouthguard. Mouthguards protect individual teeth by distributing impact across the whole of your jaw. You’re much less likely to experience a knocked-out tooth if you wear one.
Even if you brush and floss regularly, you must get regular dental cleanings. We use specialized tools that remove plaque and tartar from the surface of the teeth, eliminating the causes of toothache. We recommend that you come to us for dental cleaning at least once every six months. You may need more frequent treatments if you have a history of gum infections, tooth loss, or toothache.
The reason mainstream toothpaste contains fluoride is that it’s one of the most potent chemicals for keeping teeth healthy and plaque at bay. While non-fluoride-containing toothpastes have their appeal, they often lead to worsening oral health.
If you believe that you may have a dental emergency, get in contact with our friendly, professional team today. With our dental emergency services, you can protect your oral health and resolve even the most difficult and painful issues.
If you aren’t sure whether you are facing a dental emergency, please contact us immediately. We’ll help ascertain what your next steps should be.