Emergency Dentistry Specialist

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Westchester Smile Design

Comprehensive, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry located in Yonkers, NY

Abscessed teeth, a broken tooth, or a bleeding mouth wound are all reasons to seek immediate treatment from an emergency dentist. Shay Markovitch, DMD, and the dental experts at Westchester Smile Design are ready to serve the emergency dental needs of your entire family. If you're dealing with a dental emergency, don't wait. Call the Yonkers, New York, office or schedule an appointment online.

Emergency Dentistry Q & A

What is an emergency dentist?

An emergency dentist treats dental and mouth injuries that need immediate attention. Emergency dental situations usually involve saving knocked-out or broken teeth. 

Getting to Westchester Smile Design as soon as you can after your injury, preferably within 30 minutes, could mean the difference between saving and losing your injured tooth.

 

Is it time to call an emergency dentist?

Whenever you are concerned about a severe mouth injury or condition for yourself or a member of your family, it’s a good idea to seek immediate emergency dental care. Some situations that are considered dental emergencies include:

  • Knocked-out teeth
  • A loose permanent tooth
  • Severe tooth or mouth pain
  • Bleeding inside your mouth from your cheeks, tongue, or gums
  • Trauma to your mouth or face
  • Uncomfortable swelling in your mouth, gums, or tongue
  • A badly cracked or broken tooth
  • A cut or tear on your lips

Chipping a tooth in and of itself doesn't always warrant emergency dental care. If the tooth is chipped, but it doesn't appear as if you'll lose the tooth entirely, it's probably not a dental emergency. 

That said, feel free to contact an experienced dentist at Westchester Smile Design if you're concerned. They can explain how to take care of your tooth until you can make it into the office.

What should I do when my tooth is knocked-out?

A knocked-out tooth is no laughing matter. It's one of the most severe dental emergencies. Put off going to the dentist and there's a chance you'll lose the tooth. 

In this situation, clean both the injured tooth and inside your mouth. Swish warm water around your mouth and rinse the tooth in warm water, being careful to avoid touching the tooth's roots.

Hold the tooth by the crown (the smooth white top part) as you rinse it. Using light pressure, reposition the cleaned tooth in the empty socket in your gum. Close your mouth slowly. 

Hold the tooth in place with your fingers or gently bite down on it to help it stay in place until you can visit Westchester Smile Design. Call us right away to explain the situation, or have a loved one call for you.

What should you do if you can't put the tooth back in your mouth? 

The goal is to keep the tooth moist at all times. Put it in a cup of milk or in your mouth next to your cheek to help preserve it until you arrive at the dental office. 

Westchester Smile Design is here for you. Call for calm, expert assistance in the event of a dental emergency.