When you experience a dental emergency, then you need to see us as soon as possible. We can repair almost any damage and find solutions to your discomfort, return your smile to optimal health and function. However, in between your injury and seeing us, we have steps our Astoria, NY, patients can take to address initial discomfort.
Try Our Quiz on Responding to Dental Emergencies
- True or False: Bring your knocked-out tooth with you.
- True or False: Don’t use anything other than floss to remove objects stuck between your teeth.
- True or False: A sudden toothache may mean you need to see the dentist.
- True or False: Chipped and fractured teeth need treatment.
- True. If you have a tooth knocked out, then you should bring the tooth with you by placing it in a glass of milk or salt water. Just be sure you don’t touch the roots, only pick it up by the crown. You should also rinse the tooth under water to remove dirt and foreign debris, but be sure not to remove any tissue.
- True. Should a piece of food or an object become stick between your teeth, then only use floss to try and dislodge it. Anything else could potentially damage the gum tissue. If you can’t remove something stuck between your teeth, then give our office a call.
- True. Temporary pain as a result of sinus issues or allergies will only last a few hours. Should you develop sudden pain that doesn’t subside, then let us know. Your discomfort could be the result of decay or infection, which may result from poor oral hygiene or injury.
- True. If you damage a tooth, even if the damage appears minor, you should see us. Chips or fractures increase the risk of tooth decay and dental infections. Should you sustain an injury but don’t see any visible damage, we still suggest scheduling a checkup. Often dental fractures are practically invisible but can lead to serious complications.
Do You Have a Dental Emergency?
If you injure a tooth, then schedule a visit with our team. For more information, schedule a consultation with us by calling Jeffrey Leibowitz, DDS, in Astoria, NY, today at 718-728-8320.