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Alina Lane, DDS, New York, NY, USA

Phone: 212-777-1181

Address: 104 Waverly Place, New York NY 10011

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Emergency Dentistry Specialist

Emergency dentistry is often necessary when a patient develops an issue that requires prompt treatment, such as a broken tooth, a lost crown, or extreme pain. Dr. Alina Lane of All Smiles Dentistry offers emergency dentistry services to patients of all ages in New York.

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Emergency Dentistry Q&A

by Alina Lane, DDS

When is emergency dentistry appropriate?

 

Emergency dentistry is appropriate any time the patient is experiencing extreme discomfort or has a problem that can’t wait days or weeks. Common examples of situations that may require emergency dental treatment include:

  • Severe toothaches or jaw pain

  • Abscesses

  • Deep lacerations in the mouth

  • Loose teeth

  • Teeth that have been knocked out

  • Broken bridges or crowns

  • Damaged dental implants

  • Damaged veneers or dentures

  • Chipped or broken teeth

  • Chronic rough patches or discolorations in the mouth

How soon can a patient get an emergency appointment?

 

All Smiles Dentistry holds select appointments open for patients with emergencies. When a patient calls in with a serious problem, All Smiles Dentistry will schedule the patient for an exam as soon as possible. The practice encourages patients to call for an appointment as soon as they know emergency treatment is necessary.

What can patients do to deal with problems at home?

 

In some cases, a patient may not be able to get an appointment immediately when an emergency occurs. While the patient is waiting for an appointment, they can take steps to manage the problem on their own. Patients who are experiencing pain can take over-the-counter pain relievers to reduce the pain until the appointment. When swelling or abscesses are present, cold compresses may also be beneficial.

Patients who have lost a tooth should hold try to place the tooth back into the socket. If this isn’t possible, patients should keep the tooth in a glass of milk or between the cheek and the gums until dental care is available.

How can a patient avoid dental emergencies?

 

Although All Smiles Dentistry is happy to provide emergency care, it’s best to avoid these situations if possible. Patients can avoid the need for emergency dental care by taking good care of their teeth. Patients should brush and floss every day, and they should make regular appointments for checkups and cleanings with Dr. Lane. Patients should also protect the teeth from damage by avoiding activities that put too much stress on the teeth, such as chewing ice or using the teeth as a tool. When participating in high-impact activities, patients should protect the teeth with an appropriate mouth guard.