Emergency Dentistry – East Islip, NY
We’re Here for You When You Need Us
There are two things you can count on when it comes to a dental emergency: First, it will not happen at a convenient time. Second, it will probably feel scary and maybe overwhelming as well. The first thing for you to do is to remain calm; the next thing to do is to contact your emergency dentist in East Islip. You can relax and rest assured that everything will be all right when you have an excellent dental team on your side, like the one you’ll find at East Islip Dental Care.
Here are some other helpful tips to keep in mind when handling dental emergencies.
Handling Common Dental Emergencies
Sometimes it’s hard to know if you truly have an emergency situation on your hands. We encourage our patients to call us first. Our knowledgeable team can help assess your situation over the phone and determine if you need immediate attention or not. If you do, your team at East Islip Dental Care is here for you seven days a week, offering both morning and evening appointments, so we can easily accommodate our emergency patients.
For some emergencies, such as a knocked out tooth, it may seem like a good idea to visit your hospital emergency room first. This is actually not true because most hospitals are not properly equipped to handle dental emergencies, so calling your dentist in East Islip first will save you valuable time, stress, and money.
Here are some common emergency situations and what to do until you can get to our office:
- A knocked out tooth: Get to your dentist as soon as possible in this situation because they have the best chance of saving your tooth within the first 1 to 2 hours after your trauma. Handle the tooth as little as possible and use milk to keep the cells moist and alive.
- A broken or lost restoration: Unfortunately, dental restorations such as a crown or filling won’t last forever; so if you find yourself with one that is lost or broken your dentist will need to repair it to protect the health of your tooth.
- Soft tissue injuries: These tend to bleed a lot, so contain the bleeding with a cold compress and light pressure to the wound. Contact your dentist for further instruction and to determine if you need immediate attention once the bleeding is contained.
- A chipped or fractured tooth: If your tooth is broken, gather all the pieces you can and bring them to your dentist. Even if your tooth has only sustained a small chip, this can be irritating to your gums and soft tissues. Call your dentist to schedule an appointment.
- Dental pain or a toothache: If you are suffering from dental pain that is severe and constant, don’t wait for it to get better on its own. Contact your dentist right away as it could be indicating an infection in your tooth. Root canal therapy may be able to preserve your tooth if you are proactive about seeking treatment.
Never hesitate to call us if you or a loved one is experiencing a dental emergency. Your team at East Islip Dental Care is here for you when you need us most!