When emergencies happen, chaos ensues. Dental emergencies are no different. Tensions rise along with the stress levels. Knowing what to expect in the event of a dental emergency can help you remain calm and level-headed. Whenever the unexpected happens, our team at National Dental Douglaston will be ready to address your unique needs at any time of the day or night. You don’t even need an appointment.
What is Considered a Dental Emergency?
Like most traumatic situations, there are degrees of severity. After all, a chipped tooth may not require immediate attention in the same way a knocked-out tooth would. However, it is important to seek quality dental care no matter how big or small the emergency may be, because even a small chip can weaken a tooth, making it more vulnerable to damage. A simple trip to the dentist’s office can resolve the issue and put your mind at ease.
Any time there is an abrupt blow to the face or mouth, facial trauma is likely. For example, falling on the sidewalk, sustaining a sports-related injury, or being involved in a car accident are all scenarios in which facial trauma is common. There are a few different kinds of facial trauma, the most common being:
- Tooth damage: If you are hit in the mouth, your teeth may become fractured. They may also become partially or fully dislodged. If this occurs, the first thing you should do is call us for further instruction. If a piece of your tooth (or the entire tooth) has fallen out, try to locate it and bring it with you to our office. Be sure to store it in a container filled with saline or milk.
- Bone damage: Unfortunately, when facial bones are broken, they cannot be placed in a cast. This type of trauma requires an oral surgeon’s expertise. Our doctors can repair broken facial bones using surgical wires, plates, and screws.
- Soft tissue damage: It is common for the oral soft tissues to be damaged after sustained trauma. While these types of injuries may seem harmless, it is a good idea to have them checked out by a dentist to ensure you are not at risk for gum recession or other issues.
Sometimes a toothache can appear out of nowhere. Other times, a dull, insignificant twinge of discomfort can grow into an extremely painful situation. One of the most common culprits for this type of dental pain is infection. An infection can appear in a tooth, in the gums, or even near the root of a tooth. In these cases, restorative procedures – such as fillings, root canal therapy, or gum treatments – will be necessary to address the problem. Other times, dental pain can occur due to malocclusion or a misaligned jaw. Teeth that do not fit together properly or jaws that are mispositioned can exert excess force on one or more areas of your bite. If detected early enough, this can often be treated with a simple bite adjustment.
Contact National Dental Douglaston
There are several reasons why dental pain may occur. No matter the cause, our experienced team of doctors are here to help alleviate your discomfort. Call us at (718) 407-0574 or contact us online anytime.