No one expects a dental emergency to pop up and ruin their day, but roughly 1 in 6 Americans finds themselves in this kind of situation every year. If you or a loved one happen to end up in this unlucky group, don’t worry, because help is available right around the corner. Give Meadowbrook Dental Care a call, and we’ll gladly schedule a same-day appointment to provide the relief you need right away with emergency dentistry in Mineola, NY.
What counts as a dental emergency? We’ll make this easy for you: if you or a family member experience any painful or out-of-the-ordinary oral symptoms, go ahead and contact our dental office. We’ll let you know what to do in the moment and tell you whether or not you should come see us right away. In the meantime, here are a few quick tips on how to handle some of the most common dental emergencies we see:
Is there something stuck between the teeth? If so, rinsing and flossing the area might help. If not, it’s OK to take an OTC pain medication, and placing a cold compress on the face may offer some temporary relief as well.
Try to find any broken off pieces of the tooth that you can, put them in a safe container, and remember to bring them to our dental office. Use light pressure and some gauze or a clean rag to control any bleeding and cover the remaining tooth with some dental wax or sugarless gum to prevent it from accidentally cutting the gums or lips.
Once a tooth has been dislodged, it needs to be put back within an hour or so to prevent it from dying, so be sure to move fast in this situation. After gently rinsing off the tooth, place it either beneath the tongue or in a container with milk or saltwater—it needs to remain wet until you can see us!
While often not as urgent as other emergencies, it’s still wise to come see us right away for this kind of problem to prevent a tooth from developing pain or damage. If you can, try to place the restoration back onto the tooth—this is only a temporary measure and should not substitute for a full repair.
Fortunately, lowering your risk of experiencing a dental emergency is fairly simple, given that you keep a few practices in mind:
There is no set price for emergency dentistry—the cost of your care will be based solely on the type and degree of your injury as well as the procedure needed to address it. For both your teeth and your wallet, it is always better to come see us sooner rather than later, as this allows us to take care of an issue before it becomes more advanced.
Often, the worst toothaches are caused by a dental infection that has reached the interior nerve of a tooth, which is called the dental pulp. A root canal allows your dentist to access and remove this pulp, stopping the infection and the pain at the same time. Thanks to Dr. Casañas’ experience and use of sedation, most patients describe feeling practically nothing during this procedure.
We will only recommend an extraction if a tooth is simply beyond repair due to extensive decay or trauma. We know that this procedure can cause some patients to feel nervous, which is why we’re happy to offer sedation to ensure a calm and comfortable experience. Afterward, we can also help a patient quickly replace their tooth with one of our custom-made restorations.