Accidents happen, and sometimes your teeth are in the line of fire. But before they are, it’s helpful to know in advance what to look out for and what sort of emergencies are time dependent on getting help. Being forewarned and prepared will also prevent you from making needless trips to the dentist, especially during off-hours, since some situations can't wait until regular hours. Some typical types of oral injuries are cracked, broken, or knocked-out teeth. Incidents can result from biting too hard on food, chewing food that’s too tough for your teeth to handle, a mishap while playing sports, a bad fall, or blunt-force injuries. Other types of emergencies can provoke tooth pain besides a cracked or missing tooth. These could be from an abscess or any other number of infections.
New York, NY general and cosmetic dentist Dr. Frederick Solomon will always make your dental emergency a priority and get control of the situation before it becomes worse. Standard protocol usually defines an emergency as bleeding from the mouth, severe pain, loose teeth, being hit in the face or mouth, facial swelling, or bulging in your gums. When calling Tribeca Smiles for your emergency care, be sure to describe exactly what happened and precisely what you are feeling.
Losing a tooth is more common than people think, as evidenced by the American Association of Endodontics citing more than five million teeth a year getting knocked out. That’s a lot of teeth, but when it comes to yours, be sure to save it and call Dr. Solomon immediately. Pick up the tooth by the top and don’t touch the roots. Rinse it off very gently (don’t scrub it) and take care not to lose it down the drain. Try to place it back in the socket and hold it in place while gently biting down. If this isn’t going to work, put it in a cup of milk and call us right away for next steps. Be sure to keep our after-hours contact information handy, because 30 minutes can mean the difference between saving or losing the tooth.
Broken or Cracked Teeth
If you have a tooth that gets loose or out of alignment, you also need to call Dr. Solomon for an emergency appointment without delay. You can try to gently hold it in place with very light pressure, but please don’t try to force it at all. If you can, bite down on it to keep it from moving. If your tooth is chipped and does not hurt, it may not be a dire emergency, so you can make an appointment with us during regular hours. However, it’s also vital to take extreme care when eating in the meantime, so you don’t damage it even more. Cracked teeth, on the other hand, are more serious since they are also damaged inside.
Anyone with a true emergency is a candidate for our emergency care services. As you can imagine, the scenarios are nearly endless. From chipped or cracked teeth to minor fractures or missing teeth and nerve damage. If the crack is severe, if a large piece is missing, or if you suspect nerve damage, it’s important to seek help immediately. If it is only a minor chip or fracture, it can probably wait until regular Tribeca Smiles hours. Other incidents can include a toothache, cavities, loose fillings, loose crowns, and swollen or infected gums. We also treat other types of emergencies like swollen jaws, a bitten lip or tongue, or even an object stuck painfully between your teeth. Dr. Solomon and his staff understand how traumatic it can be to have a dental emergency and have procedures in place to take care of you.
What To Expect
Are you experiencing teeth problems? Don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with the dental professionals at Tribeca Smiles. You can expect our emergency care services to transform your dental disaster into a positive dental experience. Each emergency is unique to the patient, and we will focus our attention on your care while attending to your dental dilemma.
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Should an unexpected dental issue arise, we offer emergency dentistry services for our Tribeca patients in need. Dr. Solomon uses his advanced cosmetic dentistry skills to repair that beautiful smile in the event that an emergency occurs. Tribeca Smiles offers extended office hours, which includes weekends to ensure that a broken tooth will be taken care of before Monday morning if needed.