If you experience dental trauma or an urgent oral health concern, you know you need immediate attention. So what should you do? If you wait for a regular dentist appointment, your oral health could experience permanent damage.
Our teams at SPA Dental Group in the Midtown East area of Manhattan, New York, and in Washington, DC, offer emergency dental care for your urgent oral health issues.
When your oral health requires emergency dental care
The most common oral health emergencies include:
- Knocked-out tooth
- Cracked, fractured, or broken tooth
- Severe toothache
- Jaw pain
- Swollen, tender, or bleeding gums
- Laceration to your lips, cheeks, or tongue
- Loose permanent tooth
- Damaged restoration (crown, filling)
- Stuck object in your teeth or gums
If you question whether you should get immediate care for your condition, it’s always best to call and talk to one of our dental professionals for an accurate assessment. In many cases, prompt attention can stop your pain and reduce your risk of more serious complications.
Don’t hesitate to reach out to our team for emergency assistance. Our goal is to preserve and maintain your oral health.
What to do if you have a dental emergency
No matter what kind of urgent need you have, you should take proactive steps immediately before you arrive at our practice. First, call our office. We can give you guidance on how to take care of your condition.
For example, if you break your tooth or cut or bite your lip, cheek, or tongue, rinse your mouth with lukewarm water and apply a cold compress to keep the swelling down and control any bleeding.
If your tooth gets knocked out, find your tooth and pick it up by the crown, and avoid touching its roots. Rinse it under lukewarm water and, if possible, put it back in its socket in your mouth. If you’re not able to do that, then place it between the inside of your cheek and tongue to keep the roots of your tooth moist. Another option is to place it in a glass of milk.
We advise you to get to our office as soon as possible. Getting emergency dental care within an hour of your injury can save your tooth.
What to expect at your dental emergency appointment
When you arrive for treatment, we address your issue immediately, whether you have bleeding, swelling, severe pain, or trauma to your mouth. Your emergency care may involve a root canal, periodontitis treatment, or stitches, as needed.
You can feel confident that you’re in good hands when you turn to us for your emergency dental care. We have the expertise to treat your oral health condition with the specific care you need.
We hope you never experience a dental emergency, but if you do, it’s always best to be prepared. To learn more, call one of our friendly office staff members at the closest location to you or book an appointment online today.