Our emergency dental team in Huntington uses state-of-the-art medical equipment and is prepared to handle any oral injury.
Dental emergencies can happen at any time. Whether it’s a knocked-out tooth or a severe infection that requires an extraction, you can put your trust in Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot at Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry.
Common dental emergencies
Under the best of circumstances, you’ll only need to see your dentist every six months for preventive care. However, if you experience oral pain or other symptoms in between your regular check-ups, you should contact our Long Island dentists right away. We can provide an initial phone consult to let you know if you need to come into the office immediately. We’ll also walk you through what you should do in the meantime.
Our highly trained dental team can handle every type of dental emergency, including the following:
- Tooth sensitivity
- Painful chewing
- Soft tissue injury
- Lost filling
- Lost crown
- Broken dental appliance, including braces
- Chipped or cracked tooth
- Broken tooth
- Partially dislodged tooth
- Knocked-out (avulsed) tooth
- Oral abscess
- Facial swelling
- Objects stuck in the mouth or between teeth
If you are ever in doubt about whether a problem needs rapid treatment, just call our office to discuss the situation.
When is oral surgery or extraction needed?
When taken care of properly, adult teeth can last a lifetime. Unfortunately, they are subject to lots of wear and tear over the years. Oral extractions can often be planned, which allows patients time to think about getting dental implants. Unfortunately, some dental problems are so severe that they may require an emergency extraction.
Emergency extractions typically happen when a problem has been developing for a long time and hasn’t been taken care of. This underscores the importance of visiting our Long Island dentistry practice right away when you notice something is wrong. In the following situations, an emergency extraction may be necessary:
- Very severe tooth decay that is too extensive for a filling
- Severe gum disease
- Oral abscess
- Root cracks or fractures
- Trauma to the jaw
- Broken tooth that cannot be repaired
- Impacted wisdom tooth
The following symptoms could indicate a need for an emergency tooth extraction:
- Loose or unstable teeth
- Pus in the mouth
- A bad taste that refuses to go away
- Gum or tooth pain or extreme sensitivity
- Swelling that inhibits the jaw from opening properly
- Darkening or discoloration of the tooth
Our emergency treatments
Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry provides a full range of emergency dental procedures, ranging from straightforward to complex. These include:
- Filling or crown replacement
- Emergency cleanings
- Emergency fillings
- Root canals
- Treatment for oral abscesses and soft tissue injuries
- Repair of broken teeth
- Reattachment of knocked-out teeth
- Dental implants for extracted teeth
First aid 101 for dental emergencies
When a dental emergency occurs, the best course of action is to seek care as soon as possible. However, while you’re on the way to the office, you can do a few things to ease your discomfort and mitigate your injuries. Use the following tips:
- Facial swelling: Apply a cold compress to the exterior of the jaw.
- Chipped teeth: Save fragments of teeth.
- Toothache: Floss gently, as it may be caused by debris between teeth. Swish with warm water.
- Loose crown: Try to secure it before you accidentally swallow it. See if you can bond it back on with over-the-counter dental adhesive.
- Knocked-out tooth: Recover the tooth, holding it by the crown (white part). Rinse in water or milk, but never touch or scrub the root. Try to replace it back in the socket, but do not force it. Alternatively, use an emergency tooth preservation kit available at a pharmacy. Or, place it in a glass of milk. If no milk is available, place it in water. See your dentist within an hour for the best chances of reattachment.
Emergency dental care in Huntington Station, Long Island
Emergency dental care is just a phone call away at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry in Huntington. Dr. Nick or Dr. Elliot can rapidly assess the situation and explain your treatment options. Our dental team tries to salvage the natural tooth whenever possible, but if you do require an extraction, our office also performs dental implant surgeries.
Call us today to request an emergency appointment at our practice in South Huntington. Remember to bring your Long Island dental insurance card, as we work with most major carriers. Flexible payment plans are also available upon request.