East Islip Emergency Dentist
A dental emergency is often a sudden and completely unexpected event. It can send you into panic mode, especially if you’re in a lot of pain. That’s why it’s so important to know that you have a trusted dental team to turn to during these trying times.
At East Islip Dental Care, we’re committed to always being there for our valued patients — that’s why we’re open seven days a week! How many other dental offices do you know that provide that kind of availability? If you experience a dental emergency, please don’t hesitate to contact our office right away. We’ll give you tips on how to manage the situation and arrange an emergency appointment for you as soon as possible.
What Exactly Is a Dental Emergency?
Lots of situations constitute a dental emergency. Here are just a few that we feel require immediate professional attention:
Partially Dislodged Tooth
When you take a hard blow to the face or accidentally bite on something at a weird angle, you may end up with a loose tooth. Instead of ignoring the situation and hoping that your tooth stabilizes on its own, it’s important to see a dentist. That’s because there might be damage below the surface that only an X-ray could reveal. Plus, your dentist may be able to brace the tooth in place and increase the chances that it will make a full recovery.
Fully Dislodged Tooth
When a tooth gets fully knocked out of your mouth, time is of the essence. Gently rinse the tooth, holding it only by its crown (the part you would normally see above the gum line). Then, store the tooth in milk or water until you can get to our office. If you see a dentist within an hour or two of losing the tooth, it’s possible that we’ll be able to save it.
Cracked or Chipped Tooth
Ouch! If any of your teeth gets cracked or chipped, whether because you bit on something hard or were involved in an accident, seeing a dentist ASAP is important. Cracks and chips can expose the sensitive inner layers of your teeth, making you smile vulnerable to extreme sensitivity and infections. You may need a root canal or crown to make sure the tooth retains its structure and function. Even if you think the crack or chip is purely a cosmetic issue, it’s still important to see us just to make sure nothing deeper is happening.
Something Stuck Between the Teeth
If something, such as a bit of food, gets lodged between your teeth and you can’t get it out with floss or other means, don’t resort to extreme measures. You don’t want to accidentally damage your gums or your pearly whites. We’ll be happy to take a look at the situation and help you out.
Lost Filling or Crown
Fillings and crowns are there to protect decayed or damaged teeth. When one of these restorations comes out, your tooth is in danger of suffering from further damage. Plus, you may end up in serious pain as the tooth gets exposed to foods and drinks. We can replace or repair the filling or crown so you can go back to enjoying your life.
Loose or Broken Braces Brackets
Loose brackets and wires in your braces can irritate your gums, cheeks, and teeth. It’s best to get these things repaired as soon as possible.
Persistent Bleeding, Soft Tissue Injuries, and Jaw Injuries
Depending on the extent of the damage to your mouth, it might be advisable for you to head to the local ER before you come to us. However, if you aren’t sure if the emergency room or our office should be your next stop, feel free to give us a call. Describe the situation, and we’ll suggest a course of action.
Preventing Dental Emergencies
Sometimes, there is no way to avoid a dental emergency. For example, you may have a hidden infection or take a painful fall. However, there are things you can do to increase the chances that your smile will stay safe and healthy:
- Never open packages with your teeth.
- Always wear a mouth guard when you’re playing sports — not only does this protect your mouth, but it can even reduce the severity of concussions.
- Stick to an excellent oral hygiene routine to keep your mouth’s natural defenses working well.
Dental emergencies are the pits, and we hope you can avoid them. But when tooth trouble strikes, we’ll be ready to leap into action to lend you a helping hand.