Dental emergencies can range from a painful toothache to a tooth that’s been knocked out. What they all share in common is that you need treatment sooner rather than later. At Madison Avenue Dentists, PC, Ash Estafan, DDS, and Stella Oh, DDS, offer a 24-hour answering service to help patients in Midtown Manhattan, New York, get the prompt dental care they need. If you have a dental emergency, call the office to schedule an emergency visit.
Dental emergencies are relatively common and can occur for many reasons. You may be at risk for a dental emergency if you have particularly bad oral hygiene. Certain occupations and participating in contact sports can also increase your chances of sustaining an injury.
Examples of dental emergencies include:
Ultimately, any condition that causes you pain could be considered a dental emergency. Pain is your body's way of letting you know something is wrong, and it's essential to be attentive to these signs.
Certain situations, like a knocked-out or severely cracked tooth, require immediate care. This urgency is necessary because expedient care can save your tooth.
If you or a loved one is experiencing considerable pain that resists over-the-counter medications, you should call Madison Avenue Dentists, PC, and request an emergency appointment.
Other situations, such as a chipped tooth or broken filling, may not require emergency care. However, you should still call and inquire about scheduling an appointment.
If your tooth is knocked out, the steps you take immediately afterward can potentially save your tooth. These steps include:
If you can't place your tooth back into the socket, place it inside your cheek or in a glass of milk until you're able to see the dentist. If you severely crack your tooth, you should gently rinse the area and secure your tooth by gently biting down on some gauze.
After you take these immediate steps, call Madison Avenue Dentists, PC, as soon as you can. Early intervention may preserve your teeth and relieve your pain — a win-win all the way around.