We’ve all been there. Everything is going just fine, and suddenly an accident happens out of nowhere. Dental trauma can be unsettling. When and if it occurs, it is important to seek care right away. Our team at National Dental Oakland Gardens provides emergency care any time of the night or day, no appointment required.
Why Timing is Everything
Some dental injuries are minor, and some are severe. For example, a chipped tooth will not cause as much panic as a tooth that has been completely knocked out of its socket. That being said, it is important to see your dentist right away, no matter how insignificant the trauma may seem. Even a small chip can significantly weaken a tooth and make it vulnerable to further damage.
Why Choose Us?
When medical emergencies happen, you go to the closest ER. If a dental emergency occurs, it is best to locate a dentist. While the ER can offer you palliative care, such as pain relief, a hospital staff is not equipped to repair a damaged tooth. Certain emergencies, such as an avulsed tooth, must be addressed within one to two hours for a successful outcome. If you experience a dental emergency, our team will be ready to assist you.
Maybe you were in a car accident. Perhaps you were playing soccer without a mouth guard. Maybe you were in the wrong place at the wrong time and become involved in a physical altercation. Whatever the reason, facial trauma can occur any time there is blunt force applied to the mouth or facial structures. There are several different types of traumatic facial injuries, including:
- Tooth trauma: Teeth may become chipped, fractured, dislodged, or they may even be completely knocked out (avulsed).
- Soft tissue trauma: Lacerations of the lips, cheeks, tongue, gums, or other oral soft tissues can lead to more serious dental concerns if not addressed promptly.
- Bone trauma: Unfortunately, facial bones can become broken. This includes not only the jaw, but also the nose, forehead, eye sockets, or cheekbones. If you sustain this type of injury, you will require oral surgery to treat the problem. Our doctors can use wires, plates, screws, and other surgical materials to hold your bones in place while they heal.
Toothaches and Dental Pain
We all experience dental pain every now and then. If the discomfort is not severe, it can be tempting to ignore the problem and hope that it goes away. However, in many cases, the issue only festers and worsens over time. It is always in your best interest to visit the dentist whenever you notice something isn’t quite right. The most common causes of toothaches and dental pain include:
- Tooth decay: As bacteria erode the layers of a tooth, the damage spreads closer and closer to the nerve. This can result in severe pain or sensitivity.
- Periodontal disease: While the early stages of gum disease do not typically cause pain, discomfort can become evident once the condition progresses.
- TMJ disorder: If the jaw joints are not positioned properly, it can cause the bite to become unbalanced, leading to toothaches or dental discomfort.
- Dental Abscess: If decay or damage reaches the pulp of a tooth, it will become infected. This bacterial invasion is often accompanied by severe pain.
Contact National Dental Oakland Gardens
If you think you may be experiencing a dental emergency, our experienced and skilled team is here to help. Contact us online or call us at (718) 407-0574.