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What Exactly Constitutes a Dental Emergency?

A dental emergency requires immediate and accurate care from your dentists at Family Dental Rego Park in Elmhurst, NY. Dr. B. K.Verma and Dr. Supriya Verma will identify the problem and move quickly to resolve your pain and other symptoms.

Read on to learn if you should seek out their help:

What is a dental emergency?

It's anything that involves jaw or gum swelling, intense pain, loss of personal appearance/oral function, bleeding, and airway compromise. Examples include:

  • Throbbing toothache
  • Intense dental sensitivity to temperature or sugar
  • A lost dental filling, bridge or crown
  • A cracked or lost tooth (tooth avulsion)
  • Teeth displaced to one side
  • Oral laceration with bleeding which does not stop in 15 minutes
  • Dislocated or broken jaw (this requires immediate transport to a hospital ER)
  • Foreign material caught between two teeth
  • Broken orthodontic wire or bracket

Would you know what to do?

First, keep Dr. Verma's phone number handy. If something urgent happens, call the Elmhurst right away for emergency dental care advice.

Then, depending on your need, perform the following:

  • Replace a knocked-out tooth by placing it into the empty socket. Hold it there while you go to the dental office. Alternately, place it in a sealed container with water and milk. Transport fragments from a fractured tooth the same way.
  • Ice a swollen jaw—10 minutes on and 10 minutes off.
  • Use direct pressure with a 4x4 gauze pad or clean cloth to quell bleeding.

The quicker your action is, the better your results will be. The American Association of Endodontists (AAE) says that if your dentist replants an avulsed tooth within an hour, your tooth can probably be saved and last as long as your other teeth.

Prevention of dental emergencies

Yes, the unexpected can happen. However, to help keep your smile healthy and intact, be sure to:

  • Brush and floss every day.
  • Avoid chomping down on hard foods or your fingernails.
  • Wear a mouth guard if you play sports.
  • Report dental pain right away.
  • See your dentist every six months for a cleaning and exam.

A great result

When you receive emergency dental care from Family Dental Rego Park in Elmhurst, expect the best possible result. You'll feel better and experience a return of function and smile appearance. Call Dr. Binod Verma or Dr. Supriya Verma for compassionate and accurate help: (718) 699-8268.

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