Emergency Dentist – Lenox Hill, NY
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How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
If we aren’t able to treat patients immediately, we can guide them through first aid and pain management tips to protect their smiles until they visit our dental office. Although every situation is different, here are some tips for handling a few of the most common dental emergencies:
A severe toothache that won’t go away is often a sign of a serious cavity or infection deep inside the tooth. Often, this kind of pain indicates the need for root canal therapy. It’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible, even if the toothache eventually fades away. Until your appointment, you can relieve discomfort by rinsing your mouth with saltwater, taking over-the-counter pain medication, or applying a cold compress in 10-minute intervals.
Gather any pieces of the tooth you can find, rinse them off, and bring them with you to your appointment. In the meantime, you can alleviate pain by taking a store-bought pain reliever or using a cold compress. Cover any sharp edges of the tooth with dental wax or sugar-free chewing gum. We’ll do what we can to repair the tooth, but if the damage is too significant, it may have to be extracted.
Pick up the tooth by the crown (the part you normally see in your mouth). Gently rinse it off without scrubbing it dry. Try placing the tooth back in its socket, but if that’s not possible, keep the tooth moist by storing it in your cheek pouch or a lidded container of milk. You’ll have the best chance of saving the tooth if you can get to our office within an hour of the tooth being knocked out.
If a filling falls out, cover any jagged edges of your tooth with wax or sugarless gum. You can temporarily place a lost crown back on the tooth with a bit of toothpaste, petroleum jelly, or denture adhesive. Just be sure to rinse it off first. Do not use any other type of glue, as it could permanently damage your tooth or the crown. Chew on the opposite side of your mouth until your appointment.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
While you can’t always avoid an emergency, there are few habits we recommend patients kick to decrease their risk including chewing on ice, opening packages with teeth, and cracking nutshells with teeth. Additionally, it’s essential that patients wear an athletic mouthguard when participating in any sporting event where teeth could come in contact with other players, hard surfaces, or sports equipment.
Good oral hygiene is also essential in preventing dental emergencies. Be sure to brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes at a time, floss daily, and visit us every six months for a routine checkup and cleaning.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
Emergency Dentistry FAQs
No one ever expects to need immediate dental care, but dental emergencies often strike without any warning. If one happens to you, do you know what to do? Don’t worry, your emergency dentist in Lenox Hill is here for you. We’ll explain everything during your visit. While you wait for your appointment, here are the answers to a few of the most common questions patients ask us to help ease your apprehensions.
Should I go to the hospital or an emergency dentist?
If you have a dental emergency, your first instinct might be to head to the closest hospital, but this is rarely the right option. While they can provide pain relievers and antibiotics, they aren’t equipped to treat the underlying problem. As a result, unless you have a medical emergency, it’s always best to contact a dentist. We’ll get you into the office quickly and address the specific issue you’re having to provide the appropriate treatment you need to rehabilitate your smile.
Can I wait to see my dentist?
No one has the time for an unexpected trip to their dentist, but you don’t want to delay getting the care you need. Waiting too long to see a dentist can cost you your tooth. Instead of needing a simple treatment, the problem will worsen, which might become unrepairable. It’s always best to contact our office right away. We’ll get you into the office and provide first-aid tips to use at home to ease your discomfort until your appointment. We know your time is valuable, which is why we use the latest technologies to streamline your care, so you spend less time in the dental chair.
Is it better to have my tooth extracted?
Extracting a problematic tooth might seem like a simple solution, but it’s always best to save it when possible. Every tooth is crucial to your oral health. Losing even one can have negative consequences for your smile, like an increased risk of cavities, gum disease, and additional tooth loss. Not to mention, you’ll need to invest in a dental prosthetic which can be costly over the years. We’ll do everything we can to save your tooth, but if it’s beyond repair, we may recommend having it removed. We’ll explain your replacement options, like a dental implant.
Does my dental insurance cover emergency dentistry?
Many people avoid seeing their dentist because they worry about a large bill, but you don’t have anything to fear. Although every plan differs, most dental insurances can be used to help offset the amount you need to pay for emergency services, like the consultation or X-rays. A member of our team will work on your behalf with your insurance company to file the necessary claims forms to maximize your benefits. We’ll explain how your coverage is being used to pay for your treatment and if there’s a remaining balance. If there’s any out-of-pocket cost, we offer several solutions to keep your care affordable, like using third-party financing with CareCredit.