An emergency dentist provides dental care treatment for emergency dental issues such as knocked-out teeth, severe tooth pain, bleeding gums, and so on. According to data released by the American Dental Association (ADA), emergency departments, on average, see dental emergencies every 10-15 seconds in the United States. We, at Simpli Smiles, thus offer emergency dental care as a standard service. As per the suggestion by ADA, we set aside enough time in our schedules to cater to emergency dental cases.
In a dental emergency, you may not always know if you can wait until the next morning to visit our office or if you have to head to the emergency room right away. So, take a look at the different dental emergencies and how you should respond to each of them:
Emergency Dental Problems
A dental emergency is one that needs immediate attention. If left untreated, these cases may worsen and affect the surrounding areas.
Knocked-Out Tooth: A tooth knocked out due to an accident is one of the most common emergencies that certainly needs immediate attention. If you run into a sticky situation with a knocked-out tooth after business hours or over the weekend, you may have to go straight to the ER. In most cases, a knocked-out tooth can be fixed back in 30 minutes, so save the tooth and take it to the ER or the dentist’s office.
You can use a cold compress to control the swelling and bleeding. Make sure you do not touch the root of the tooth, and you soak it in a glass of milk until you reach the dentist.
Toothache: A toothache may be experienced for several reasons, such as cavity or abscess. If cavities are left untreated, they may turn into a severe infection called abscess that can prove harmful as the infection may spread to the gums or cheeks even. Another sign of abscess is a small pus-filled pimple found on the gums. These shouldn’t be touched or poked and need immediate attention from dental professionals.
Bleeding: Soft tissue injuries on the tongue, cheek, or lips can cause bleeding. If there is bleeding, the area needs to be washed with water and then treated with a cold compress. If this does not stop the bleeding, it is advisable to meet a dentist or visit the ER.
Non-Emergency Dental Problems
Non-emergency dental problems can be addressed at a later point in time by fixing an appointment with a dentist during business hours.
Chipped Tooth or Crack in Tooth: If your tooth is chipped or cracked, there should be no problem in waiting until business hours to have the issue addressed. However, if the crack is severe, there could be nerve damage that needs immediate attention.
Lost Filling/Crown: While a lost or fallen filling or crown may not be an emergency that needs immediate attention, it is not healthy to wait too long, so get them fixed as it may lead to serious infection and damage to adjacent teeth.
Broken Braces:Broken parts or loose wires of braces may alter the orthodontic treatment. So, fix up the earliest possible appointment with your dentist and have your braces fixed.
Cavity: Cavity, as mentioned earlier, cannot be considered a dental emergency. However, it cannot be ignored. If treated early on, it may need only a filling, but delay may cause the infection's rapid progression leading to an abscess.
We, at SimpliSimles, make sure that our patient gets the right treatment, attention, and care needed from our top-class dentists. We also serve areas including Plainview, Syosset, Jericho, Bethpage, Massapequa, Levittown, and Westbury. You can get in touch with us through online consultation or by calling us, and we'll guide you further. Call at (516) 336-4902 to book an appointment at our Hicksville office and (516) 756-0111 for the Farmingdale office.