Dental emergencies can happen at any time, often out of office hours. We make every effort to see patients in pain or discomfort as quickly as possible, understanding that a dental emergency can often seem frightening. If you need emergency dental treatment, our caring and gentle dental team is here to help you. Our dental clinic in Bayside can offer expert advice and information over the phone and will schedule an emergency dental appointment.
When you see our emergency dentist, we can make an expert diagnosis and provide emergency toothache relief, so you quickly feel more comfortable. We can also discuss suitable treatment options to provide a permanent solution to the problem. You will almost certainly need one or more follow-up appointments to complete your emergency dental treatment plan.
When to Seek Emergency Dental Care?
Some dental emergencies require more urgent care than others. Delaying a dental visit could significantly worsen the condition and may result in more complex and expensive dental treatment. Please contact us immediately to receive an expert urgent dental care and advice for the following situations.
What is Severe Tooth Pain?
A variety of dental problems can cause toothache. When you experience pain in and around a tooth, it can indicate inflammation and possible infection. You should be aware that a toothache will not heal on its own and requires dental care. Until you see an emergency dentist, you can minimize severe tooth pain by rinsing your mouth with warm water, applying an over-the-counter antiseptic, or taking a pain reliever.
What is Facial Swelling Emergency?
Facial swelling may be due to a dental abscess, where a tooth is severely infected and could be accompanied by fever, severe toothache, and swollen lymph nodes. A dental abscess requires urgent dental care as leaving it untreated can lead to serious complications that may even become life-threatening.
Broken, Avulsed, or Knocked-out Tooth
If a tooth has been knocked out completely or a piece has broken off, you definitely need emergency dental treatment. We may be able to reinsert a knocked-out tooth successfully, but we need to treat you in the first half an hour to an hour after the accident.
Please retrieve the tooth carefully and rinse off visible dirt, but don’t scrub the tooth root. You can try reinserting the tooth, but make sure it is the right way around. Hold it in place with a clean finger and see our dentist immediately. Otherwise, store the broken tooth in milk or saliva, or use a tooth preservation kit available from drugstores. Come and see us immediately.
What Should You Do When You Have Partially Avulsed Tooth?
An avulsed or knocked out tooth needs emergency dental treatment. We may be able to reinsert a knocked out tooth successfully, but we need to treat you in the first half an hour to an hour after the accident.
Please retrieve the tooth carefully and rinse off visible dirt, but don’t scrub the tooth root. You can try reinserting the tooth, but make sure it is the right way around. Hold it in place with a clean finger and see our dentist immediately. Otherwise, store the tooth in milk or saliva, or use a tooth preservation kit available from drugstores. Come and see us immediately.
What Are Other Dental Emergencies?
A dental emergency is essentially any dental problem that needs immediate treatment to stop ongoing bleeding, save a tooth or alleviate severe pain. Examples of other dental emergencies include:
- Broken jaw
- Lost filling
- Lost dental crown
- Loose tooth
Less Urgent Dental Emergencies
If you lose a filling or dental crown, you must make an appointment to see us quickly. You can use a small piece of sugar-free chewing gum as a temporary filling, but you will need a new filling to prevent infection in the tooth.
If you lose a dental crown, save the crown as we may be able to recement it. You can use temporary dental cement, which is available over-the-counter, to hold it in place. Please do not use household glue or super glue. Ordinary glues will damage your tooth and the crown and are almost certainly toxic.
At Gentle Dental, we are always pleased to accommodate you in the event of a dental emergency. When you come to our office for emergency dental care in Queens, New York, you can be sure that you will receive prompt, effective treatment that will eliminate your discomfort. Once you experience our quality emergency dental care, you are welcome to return to our practice to receive follow-up treatments or long-term dental care