It’s possible to break a tooth if you play contact sports, receive an injury to the face or head, or when you bite into something exceptionally hard. The important thing is not to panic, and to act quickly to save the tooth. Dr. David Dane is an emergency dentist at the Emergency Dental Center in New York City, and he can help you in these situations.
The first thing you need to do is to call your New York City emergency dentist to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. If the break is severe, you will need to see a dentist within 24 hours. In the meantime, follow these steps:
- Rinse your mouth with mouthwash or warm saltwater.
- Apply a cold compress to your face.
- If the broken tooth is bleeding, place a small piece of gauze to absorb the blood.
- Us an over-the-counter pain reliever to eliminate discomfort.
How to Avoid Broken Teeth
Strong, healthy teeth are much less likely to break, so you should maintain a healthy dental hygiene routine. You can also:
- Wear a mouthguard if you practice contact sports
- Avoid chewing hard foods such as ice or popcorn kernels
- Avoid using your teeth to tear or open things
- Avoid abrupt temperature changes in your mouth
- Stop grinding your teeth
- Prevent large fillings that can affect the integrity of the tooth
Sometimes a broken tooth is unavoidable, for instance, in the case of a fall or vehicle accident. However, practicing good oral hygiene and oral safety can reduce your risk.
If you live in New York City and you need an emergency dentist, call (646) 992-0930 to request an appointment here at Emergency Dental Center.
How your emergency dentist in Manhattan, NY, can help you
If you have a swollen jaw, it can be very painful. It may also be a sign of an underlying dental problem that could turn into a dental emergency. Dr. David Dane at Emergency Dental Center in East Midtown Manhattan offers comprehensive emergency dentistry services right when you need them.
What to do with a swollen jaw
If you have a swollen jaw, you may be able to get relief by taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication like Ibuprofen, and applying an ice pack to the swollen area several times each day. However, for mild-to-moderate jaw swelling that doesn’t go away, you should visit your dentist for a dental examination.
If you are a teenager or young adult, you may be experiencing jaw swelling because of impacted wisdom teeth. Impacted wisdom teeth can often result in infection and swelling, making it difficult to open and close your jaws without pain. Your emergency dentist can help determine whether your wisdom teeth will erupt completely, or if they may need to be removed.
Another possible cause of jaw swelling is a jaw cyst. Only your dentist can determine if this problem exists with the help of dental imaging. X-rays can determine the size of the cyst and if it should be removed.
One of the most common causes of jaw swelling is a dental abscess, commonly treated with root canal therapy. You may have a dental abscess if you are experiencing:
- Increasing tooth pain when you consume foods and beverages that are hot, cold, or sugary
- Sharp, stabbing pain when you bite down or chew
- Tooth pain that continues even after a filling or crown is placed
- A red or white bump appearing on your gums next to a tooth root
A dental abscess is diagnosed using temperature/vitality testing and x-ray screening. If you do need a root canal, your emergency dentist can begin treatment to relieve your symptoms.
To find out more about emergency treatment for a swollen jaw, please visit this link on the Emergency Dental Center website: https://www.dentistemergency.nyc/swollen-jaw.html
If you have a swollen jaw, don’t ignore it because it may become worse. Find relief by calling Dr. David Dane of Emergency Dental Center in East Midtown Manhattan by dialing (646) 992-0930.
If you experience sudden pain or hear an awful snapping sound as you chew, you have a pressing dental problem. Here at Emergency Dental Center in New York City, Dr. David Dane and his team solve a variety of problems involving pain, bleeding, loss of tooth structure, and more.
In any emergency situation...
You must act quickly. Your oral health and personal appearance depend on it. At our practice in Manhattan, New York City, your emergency dentist provides the first aid advice and same-day treatment needed to stabilize your symptoms, make you comfortable, and save your smile.
Dr. Dane and his staff want all their patients to get the routine care they need. This investment helps avoid many emergency situations. However, life also hands us the unexpected. So when you call the office for help, you'll get it fast.
Dental emergencies and what to do
- Toothache: Whether it's extreme tooth sensitivity or just classic throbbing pain, call the office right away for an appointment. In the meantime, ibuprofen or acetaminophen helps ease discomfort, as does a warm compress on the jaw.
- Broken or avulsed tooth: Save the pieces in a sealed container, cover it with milk or water, and take it with you to Emergency Dental Center. Dr. Dane may use composite resin to seamlessly repair the tooth, or if the tooth is knocked out completely, replant it into the empty socket.
- Lacerations: Using a 4x4 or clean cloth, apply direct pressure to the cut. If bleeding does not resolve in 15 minutes, go to the hospital ER or urgent care center.
- Lost filling or crown: Save the fragments and bring them to Dr. Dane. Likely he will remake the entire filling, but a crown may be repaired with new cement.
The American Dental Association (ADA) says you should avoid chewing hard foods, such as popcorn kernels or ice, never use your teeth to open packages or bottles, and wear an athletic mouth guard for all sports. Additionally, see Dr. Dane for cleanings and check-ups every six months to ward off problems or detect them before they spiral out of control.
Find out more from your emergency dentist
The better prepared you are for the unexpected, the better your result will be. At Emergency Dental Center in New York City, your smile appearance and oral health are our top priority. For routine or urgent care, call Dr. Dane and his Manhattan staff: (646) 992-0930.
Severe toothaches are a result of many issues. The problem may be simple, like a loose dental filling, or a more severe issue, like a broken tooth. If you are dealing with a lingering toothache, ask our Midtown East, Manhattan, NY, dentist, Dr. David Dane for help. Dr. Dane is standing by to help you and your smile when you have a dental emergency.
Other reasons for toothaches are broken, fractured, or displaced teeth. You don't need to be too worried as long you act quickly and properly.
If you have a knocked-out tooth, the first thing to do is rinse your mouth to get rid of any blood or other debris. Then place a cold cloth on the cheek near the injury to keep swelling down. Place the tooth back in its socket as soon as possible then go to your Midtown East, Manhattan emergency dentist. If you can't place it in its socket, place it in a container of warm milk, saline or your own saliva until you reach your dentist's office.
If you have a fractured tooth, rinse with warm water and apply a cold pack to reduce swelling. Ibuprofen may also help keep down swelling. Minor fractures are sanded down but severe fractures, if not dealt with immediately, may need more serious procedures like a root canal if the inner pulp of the tooth is infected.
Simple toothaches are relieved by simple techniques, like rinsing to eliminate a dislodged piece of debris between teeth, and, of course, visiting your dentist if the toothache persists despite self-care.
You can do a lot to prevent a dental emergency related to trauma by wearing a mouthguard if you play sports. Remember to visit your dentist regularly for routine dental exams including x-rays. Your dentist can diagnose and treat dental issues while they are small, instead of waiting until you have painful tooth decay or another more serious dental problem.
Do you have a toothache? Emergency Dental Center can help you. Call our Midtown East, Manhattan, NY, dental office at (646) 992-0930 to schedule an appointment.
Your teeth experience wear and tear every single day, and with good preventive dental care, you should ideally be able to keep them for your entire life. However, what if dental trauma happens? A blow to the mouth cracks or knocks out a tooth, and then what? Well, here at Emergency Dental Center in Manhattan, your dentist, Dr. David Dane, saves teeth that have been damaged by accident, extensive decay, and abscess in order to give you a complete, healthy smile. Read on to learn more!
About that car accident...
You were wearing a seat belt, but your two front teeth struck the steering wheel. You thought they were okay, but now, you are experiencing some problems:
- Discolored tooth enamel
- A chip on one tooth and a hairline crack on the other
- Some mild, but obvious, throbbing toothache pain
Fortunately, teeth with mild damage/infection should respond well to root canal therapy, a restorative treatment that removes damaged and inflamed dental pulp in order to preserve the overall tooth structure.
Other kinds of dental trauma
Avulsed teeth are a common injury to affect those who play contact sports. Fortunately, many teeth that have been injured in this way may often be replanted if you act quickly. Stop any associated bleeding with direct pressure and a clean cloth or 4x4 gauze pad. Then, grasp the tooth by the crown and place its roots into the empty socket.
Hold it there, and head to our Manhattan office. There, Dr. Dane may be able to splint it to adjoining teeth, stabilizing it so the remaining soft tissue and bone can regrow around it.
Other kinds of dental trauma include fractured fillings and crowns, broken orthodontic appliances, cracked dentures, and more. If you have a serious oral health problem or have suffered an accident involving your teeth, gums, or jaw, contact Emergency Dental Center 24/7 for immediate consultation and an appointment if needed.
What's your issue?
Don't wait. If you're in pain, have jaw swelling, drainage in your mouth, or other distressing symptoms, contact Dr. David Dane and his Manhattan team at (646) 992-0930. Your oral health is as important to us as it is to you!
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