Have you recently experienced a dental emergency, such as a dislodged tooth or a broken filling? When the unexpected occurs, it can be stressful. Knowing what to anticipate in a traumatic situation can help you address the problem in a timely manner. The first thing you should do if an emergency situation arises is call our office. National Dental Melville provides emergency care 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You don’t even need an appointment!
Why Immediate Care is Important
When and if a dental emergency occurs, seek professional care right away. An untreated situation could worsen over time, resulting in additional treatment costs and more significant dental damage. Even a mildly chipped tooth can weaken the structure, making it more vulnerable to breakage and decay. Our skilled and experienced team is well-equipped to handle any dental emergency that comes our way. By visiting our office, we can correct the problem and alleviate any discomfort so you can go back to enjoying life.
Types of Dental Emergencies
Even though there are several types of dental emergencies, all of them can really be categorized into two different groups: painful teeth and trauma. Both are serious situations and should be addressed by a dentist immediately.
Painful Teeth and Dental Discomfort
Have you ever had a mildly annoying twinge that turned into a painful toothache overnight? Perhaps you’ve woken up with unexplained discomfort and a swollen jaw. Certain oral health conditions can develop slowly over time, then seemingly appear out of nowhere. This type of dental discomfort may be due to:
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
- A dental abscess
- TMJ disorder
- Misaligned teeth
- Malocclusion (an improper bite)
If you are experiencing a dental emergency of this nature, call a team member right away. We can give you further instructions and prepare for your arrival to our office.
This type of dental emergency happens suddenly. Car accidents, sports-related injuries, and falls are all situations that could result in trauma. There are three primary types of facial trauma:
- Tooth damage: This may include chipped, fractured, or dislodged teeth. In some cases, a tooth may become avulsed (completely knocked out). It is important to address these injuries quickly; in many cases, the tooth can be saved if treated promptly.
- Bone damage: Unfortunately, sometimes facial bones can become broken. This may include the jaw, cheeks, forehead, and even eye sockets. If this type of trauma occurs, surgical intervention is required. The bone can be set using wires, plates, screws, and other surgical materials.
- Soft tissue damage: Any time there is trauma to the mouth, the soft tissues should be evaluated. Any lacerations or cuts to the gums, cheeks, tongue, or lips should be assessed by a dentist to ensure the nerves, ducts, and salivary glands are still in proper working order.
Contact National Dental Melville
If you are currently experiencing a dental emergency, call a team member right away. We can help treat your condition and eliminate your discomfort. Call us at (631) 816-2277 or contact us online anytime.