Dental Emergencies

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Emergency Dental Care in Massapequa, Long Island

massapequa emergency family dentistA dental emergency can happen to anyone, no matter how well you take care of your teeth. If you have a problem that needs urgent care, you’ll want to know that you have a dentist you can trust. At Massapequa Family Dentistry, we offer dependable services for your dental emergency. Whether you have a toothache, a knocked-out tooth, or something more, our team is here for you.

Our dedicated dentists work hard to create a place where you can feel safe and welcome. We take the time to listen and understand the problem so we can address it quickly and effectively. Contact our Long Island dental office today to get the care you need from a team you trust.


What is a Dental Emergency?

common dental emergencies seen in massapequaThe first step in getting the right level of care is to determine what counts as a dental emergency. Some dental problems require immediate care, while others may be less urgent. We strive to meet all situations with timely and appropriate treatment. Our office can also provide dental sedation to help you relax while we restore your health.

Here are a few common examples of emergencies and what kind of response they may need at the dental office.

A Severe Toothache

If you have tooth pain that is sharp, throbbing, or persists for hours, it’s urgent that you seek care. Tooth pain can result from several factors, with the most common being a damaged or infected tooth. The sooner you seek care, the more likely it is that we can save your tooth.

If the tooth is infected, an emergency root canal therapy can alleviate your pain. We create an access point to remove the infected tissue and eliminate bacteria, preventing it from spreading. Once complete, the inner tooth is cleansed and filled, then topped by a dental crown to strengthen and protect it. Your tooth may be sensitive after treatment, but the severe pain will be relieved.

If a tooth is cracked or broken, the vulnerable inner tissue is at risk of infection. You may experience an ache or pain, depending on how badly the tooth is damaged. You may also feel a sudden pain when eating or drinking something hot or cold. It’s especially important to get immediate care if the tooth is bleeding.

When you come into the office, we’ll examine your tooth to determine how badly it is damaged and the best course of action. In most cases, we will likely recommend a crown to protect and restore your tooth. We’ll design a custom porcelain crown to look natural in your smile, made by a trusted dental lab. You’ll receive a temporary emergency crown to keep your tooth safe until your new crown is ready.

If you’ve had a tooth knocked out (avulsed), you’ll need to seek help immediately. The sooner you get to a dentist, the more likely your tooth can be saved. We’ll do all we can to return your tooth to its socket and help it reattach, protecting your natural smile.

If the tooth cannot be saved, we’ll work with you to restore your smile by discussing replacement options. We offer several emergency treatments that can restore your tooth, including an implant-supported crown or fixed dental bridge.

Abscesses in your gums are a sign of infection. They won’t heal on your own and can pose a serious health risk, so you’ll want to schedule emergency treatment. Our dentists can safely drain the abscess and work with you to determine the cause and recommend the right treatment to get your smile back to health.

If you have a filling or crown that’s fallen out or broken, our dentists can help. While most of these cases don’t need immediate treatment, it’s important to reach out to our office as soon as you can. Delays can put your tooth at risk for damage or decay that could lead to an emergency. Our team will put the restoration back in place if possible; if not, we’ll provide you with a new filling or a temporary crown while a new one is prepared for you.

What to Do in a Dental Emergency

Calling our office should always be the first step in an emergency, but you may be unsure of what else you should do. Our friendly staff is happy to walk you through the next steps and help you stay calm. If you know what to do ahead of time, this will help you take the right actions and raise the chances of a positive outcome.

Here are a few quick steps for dealing with common dental emergencies:

  • Toothache – An over-the-counter painkiller like ibuprofen or Tylenol can help to reduce the pain until your appointment. You can also use a topical gel designed for oral use. If there is swelling, you can apply a cold compress to your cheek; do not apply it directly to the gums.
  • A Broken or Knocked-Out Tooth – Collect the whole tooth or pieces of the tooth and clean them. Always pick up a tooth by the crown, not the roots, as it could damage them. Rinse the tooth in warm water. If possible, place it back in the socket. If not, keep the whole tooth or broken pieces in a container of milk or saliva, which will help to keep the tooth viable.
  • Bleeding – If there is bleeding from a broken or lost tooth, apply pressure by biting down on gauze applied to the site. This will help to stop the bleeding.
  • Lost Restoration – If the crown or filling is still whole, clean it and try to fit it back in place. You can use dental cement (not glue) to keep it in place until your visit. Bring any broken restorations with you to your appointment.

Your Emergency Dentist in Long Island

No matter what kind of emergency you’re facing, our compassionate dental team is ready to help. Our office is easy to get to from anywhere in Long Island. Let our dentists relieve your dental pain! Contact Massapequa Family Dentistry and schedule your visit today.


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