You do all the right things. You brush and floss daily. You attend all scheduled dental visits. Unfortunately, dental emergency situations can still arise. If the unexpected happens, our team at National Dental East Meadow is available to address your needs and alleviate your pain.
Why is Emergency Dental Care Important?
Most dental emergencies are time-sensitive. Even if the situation does not seem urgent, any type of dental damage can weaken a tooth or compromise your overall oral health. Therefore, it is important to see a dentist as soon as possible to address the problem.
Types of Dental Emergencies
There are several types of dental emergencies. However, most can be categorized into two classifications: facial trauma and oral pain. In the sections below, we will discuss each type, and explore what can be done to address these situations.
This type of dental emergency occurs when a traumatic event happens. Falls, automobile accidents, and sports-related injuries are all examples of traumatic dental emergencies.
- Tooth damage: Maybe you fell on the sidewalk and dislodged a tooth. Perhaps you were playing baseball and a collision with another player resulted in a fracture. Other types of tooth injuries include chips, mobility, or avulsion (a knocked-out tooth).
- Bone damage: In the same way that teeth can break, facial bones can fracture, as well. Unfortunately, we cannot set a broken facial bone in a cast like a broken arm or leg. In the event of a fractured facial bone, oral surgery must be performed. We can set the bone using surgical pins, plates, and wires.
- Soft tissue damage: Whether soft tissue damage occurs inside or outside the mouth, it is important to have the issue assessed. Injuries to the outside of the mouth can result in scarring if not treated. Those on the inside of the mouth can affect salivary glands, ducts, and nerves.
It is important to treat these types of injuries in a timely manner. Even though the situation may not seem serious, seeking dental assistance immediately can help you preserve your oral health later on.
Toothaches and Oral Pain
Generalized dental pain is usually the result of an ongoing problem. In some cases, these issues may be unnoticeable – until they aren’t. For example, you may wake up one morning with a sore, swollen jaw, and not remember experiencing pain in the area before. Other times, seemingly minor twinges of discomfort can serve as a warning sign that something isn’t quite right. These types of dental emergencies can be caused by a number of factors:
- Gum disease
- Tooth decay
- A dental abscess
- Improper bite
- Misaligned teeth
- Impacted wisdom teeth
To avoid these types of dental issues, it is important to attend routine dental examinations and cleanings. During these visits, your doctor can monitor all aspects of your oral health and detect any signs of potential problems.
Contact National Dental East Meadow
If you are experiencing a dental emergency, contact our practice right away. If you are not currently facing an emergency situation, add our office number to your address book so that you can access it whenever it is needed. For more information, call us at (516) 208-4276 or contact us online.