Knowing what to do in an emergency is an invaluable skill. Dental emergencies are unfortunately common, and Dr. Richard Lestz, your emergency dentist in Forest Hills, NY, offers extended office hours to his patients as a way of managing emergencies that inevitably happen at inconvenient times. However, he also wants his patients to know how to manage a dental emergency, as well as understand the difference between injuries that can wait and those that need immediate treatment.
Any time a tooth has been knocked out or shifted, it is considered a dental emergency that needs to be treated by your Forest Hills emergency dentist right away. However, there are some steps you can take first to help ensure the tooth can be saved. First, use clean hands to see if the tooth can easily be replaced back in its socket and gently held in place. If it cannot, the tooth should be stored in a glass of milk or tooth-saving solution that can be purchased at any drugstore.
An abscess is also considered a dental emergency. These pockets of infection can develop from untreated decay or damage to a tooth. If you have severe dental pain accompanied by swelling, lymph node enlargement and a fever, contact your Forest Hills dentist for immediate treatment to stop the infection from spreading to other areas of the body.
It can be difficult to discern what constitutes a dental emergency. There are many conditions that can be treated at home until your Forest Hills, NY, emergency dentist can evaluate them; they are unlikely to cause severe pain or complications. A chipped tooth, for example, can be covered with dental wax - usually used for braces - to keep the sharp edge from causing discomfort to your lips, tongue, or gums. Losing a crown, filling, or braces hardware can be disconcerting, but as long as there is no severe pain, you can typically wait to call your dentist during office hours.
If you're having a dental emergency, or have any questions, please contact Dr. Richard Lestz's office in Forest Hills, NY, right away.