Emergency Dentistry in Midtown East
Did you know your dentist in Midtown East is equipped to take care of your next tooth, tongue, lip, jaw, or gum injury? Don’t head to the ER when you’re faced with an urgent oral situation. Instead, visit the team at Dr. Aaronson and Associates. We’ll get you out of pain and back to your normal life as soon as possible. In the meantime, here’s what you should do immediately after a dental emergency.
#1: Evaluate the Situation
Sometimes people delay necessary dental care because they are not sure whether or not they are experiencing a true dental emergency. But it’s always best to play it safe when your oral health is on the line. In general, if you are in pain, bleeding, or have broken something in the mouth, it’s a good idea to visit the dentist. The most common situations we treat with urgent care include knocked out teeth, dislodged teeth, tooth fractures and toothaches.
#2: Find the Missing Piece(s)
If you have experienced a tooth that’s been knocked out, first find the tooth. Then rinse away any debris under cool water -- but do not scrub the tooth or touch its root. Doing so will ruin the chances of successful reattachment. Call your dentist as soon as possible, as knocked out teeth cannot be reattached once they have been out of the mouth for longer than two hours. For broken teeth, find any larger pieces and store them for possible reattachment.
#3: Stop the Bleeding
If you are bleeding as a result of your dental emergency, stop or slow the blood by applying firm, consistent pressure to the wound with a clean gauze or cloth. Avoid taking pain medications that thin the blood -- like aspirin, naproxen, and ibuprofen -- as these will make clotting difficult. If the blood flow does not stop or slow after 10 to 15 minutes of consistent pressure, seek emergency medical attention.
#4: Don’t Ignore a Toothache
Toothaches do not get better on their own. If you have an aching tooth, call your dentist as soon as possible. Infection in the tooth may require a root canal or eventual extraction if it is not treated in time.
If your child complains of an aching tooth, know that many times children’s toothaches are caused when something becomes lodged between the teeth. To determine the cause of your child’s ache, help them brush, floss, and rinse. If pain persists, contact your emergency dentist for quick attention.
#5: Contact Your Dentist Immediately
Call the office of Dr. Aaronson and Associates as soon as you have stabilized your dental emergency. Receiving urgent care in time is key to saving the tooth and getting back to good oral health. We will listen to your situation and schedule an appointment at a time based on the severity of your emergency. Our expert staff will also provide advice for what to do in the meantime. Don’t put off contacting us for emergency dentistry in Midtown East -- we’ll never leave you waiting in pain!