Dental problems can happen when you least expect it — and some accidents require urgent dental care. When you have a dental emergency or find yourself with tooth pain, you need to visit a local SoHo dentist like Dr. John Koutsoyiannis as soon as possible. The dentists at Sohosmile set time aside for emergency dental procedures.
Since Sohosmile is also a family dentistry practice, it’s good to know you have a place to bring your active family members. Emergency dental problems can include a:
- Broken tooth from a car accident or sports injury
- Filling or crown that fell out
- Dislodged dental bridge
Emergency Toothache Relief
A severe toothache can stop you in your tracks. Emergency toothache relief is a common reason for needing urgent dental care. Intense tooth pain may be a sign of an infection or abscess. These conditions require prompt professional dental care.
A tooth abscess doesn’t go away on its own. It needs to be treated as soon as possible. Signs of a tooth abscess include:
- An intense, throbbing toothache that can radiate to your ear, neck or jawbone
- Swelling in your cheek or face
- Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
- Increased pain from biting or chewing
- Swollen lymph nodes in your neck
Knocked-Out Tooth Emergency
A tooth that has been knocked out from an accident, a sports-related injury or a fall is also considered a dental emergency. Dr. John may be able to reinsert the tooth as long as you take appropriate action after the injury, including:
- Don’t touch the root of the tooth. Hold it by the crown.
- Don’t wrap the tooth in paper or cloth; that dries it out, causing further damage.
- Cover the sink drain so the tooth doesn’t accidentally fall into it. Then rinse the tooth off. Don’t remove any tissue that’s attached to it.
- Gently place the tooth back in its socket if possible until your dentist can see you. Bite down on wet gauze over the tooth.
- If you’re unable to insert the tooth into the socket, put it in a small cup of milk or a container of saline water.
- Get to the dentist immediately.
If the tooth can be saved, Dr. John takes the necessary steps to save it. Otherwise, you may need other procedures — from a root canal to a replacement implant. But dental emergencies need to be addressed quickly, ideally within the hour if your tooth was knocked out.
For a Facial or Tissue Injury
If your face has been injured in an accident and you’ve suffered tissue damage such as lacerations, puncture wounds or tears to your cheeks, lips, tongue or mouth, this is a dental emergency. Clean the area with warm water as soon as you can after the accident and use gauze to put pressure on the wound to control the bleeding.
Call Dr. John for an emergency dental care appointment. If the injury is bad enough or you’ve lost a lot of blood, get to the nearest emergency room.
Other Dental Emergencies
Other dental problems may require a visit to the dentist SoHo, but may not actually be a dental emergency. For example, a chipped tooth that doesn’t hurt usually doesn’t warrant an emergency dental visit. You even can wait a few days if you need to.
A fractured tooth is more serious because it usually means there may be damage inside your tooth as well as outside it. If you have a tooth that’s fractured, call Sohosmile in Manhattan for emergency care. The best dentist in SoHo, Dr. John does everything possible to save your tooth.