One thing about dental emergencies that always suck is the fact that they always seem to happen at the first possible time. Unfortunately, if you’ve found us, it means you’re going through a dental emergency Queens, no doubt a painful one, and you’re not sure where to turn. Fast relief, no matter what dental emergency you’re facing, is definitely essential here.
Because we have a large network of emergency dentists in Queens, NYC at the ready to help you, you’ve landed in the right place for fast help. We can have an appointment booked for you in as little as 24 hours, so don’t wait to give us a call at (855) 352-6790.
What You Need to Bring to Your Appointment
Don’t run out the door, just yet! Because emergency dentists operate much like regular dentists, they will need some important information from you when you arrive for your appointment. Like regular dentists, you will need to fill out some paperwork, so make sure you arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment is due to begin.
If you have any recent dental records, such as some dental x-ray copies or even something as small as a receipt with the work you had done, make sure you are bringing it with you. Bringing any recent dental records with you will give your dentist somewhere to begin and a general idea of what you’ve already had done without you having to explain it to him or her.
If you are unsure as to whether or not your emergency dentist will take your insurance, make sure you call ahead and ask them. If not, you should greatly consider asking for a quote. Doing either will ensure that there are no surprises when it comes time to pay. If they take your insurance, you will need to present them with the necessary information before you go in for your appointment so they can begin the claims process for you while your emergency dentist is working on you.
If you are taking any medications or have any allergies, make sure you let your emergency dentist know about them! He or she must know to ensure that the treatment you will receive will not have a negative reaction to any allergies you may have or any medications you may be taking.
Lastly, if you have any anxieties or fear over the dentist, make these known. All of the emergency dentists within our network have worked on hundreds, if not thousands, of patients who are scared of going to the dentist, so they will make sure you are as comfortable as possible throughout the entire procedure.
Same Day Denture Repair in Queens
Gone are the days where tracking down same day denture repair in Queens, as well as emergency denture repair Queens, was next to impossible to do. Thanks to the emergency dentists and the denture lab technicians we have in our referral network, patients can now have all their denture needs met on the same day. Denture repairs and fittings can be done in just a single appointment!
The Most Common Dental Emergencies
As we previously mentioned, dental emergencies seem to occur during the worst possible time. They aren’t exactly a problem that likes to pop up whenever it’s convenient for you.
Because of this, a lot of patients will try to downplay the dental emergency, thinking it can be fixed later on during regular office hours, which is something you should never do. Some dental emergencies show up immediately and make themselves known, while others are the cause of underlying problems that haven’t been treated.
Problems with the soft tissue of the mouth, loose braces, knocked-out teeth, abscesses/oral infections, and severe toothaches, for example, are prime examples of some of the most common dental emergencies that the emergency dentists we work with see on a daily basis.
Keep in mind, however, if you have experienced any form of head trauma, you need to go to your local emergency room as soon as you can. Emergency dentists are not equipped to deal with head trauma, so they cannot help you in this department.
Losing a Tooth – The Wrong Way
If you’ve lost a tooth, whether it was knocked out or just happened to fall out, don’t freak out. Our network of emergency dentists have seen patients who have managed to lose teeth in hundreds of different ways, so it’ll be nothing new to them. Please keep in mind, as we said before, emergency dentists are not able to help with head trauma, so if you’ve lost your tooth in a car accident, the dentist is not where you need to go.
If you’ve lost a tooth, the first thing you need to do is try to find it. If you can’t, no worries, but if you can, make sure you pick it up by the crown and not by the root. Picking a lost tooth up by the root can actually damage it, potentially making it impossible for your emergency dentist to put back in. If you’re able to do so, try to stick it back into the empty socket until your appointment.
If you’re unable to put it back into the socket, however, make sure that you keep it in a cup of either milk or water. This is another method, aside from putting it back into the socket, that will help preserve the tooth.
Oral Infections – Abscesses
Oral infections, otherwise known as abscesses, are a time-sensitive dental emergency that quickly turn into one that becomes a life-threatening one. Oral infections can happen from a number of different things. For example, say you’ve badly fractured or chipped a tooth and didn’t have it treated. More often than not, you’re going to get an oral infection somewhere down the line.
The best way to figure out if you have an oral infection is to look for something that looks like a pimple anywhere in your mouth. Unfortunately, you can’t always see oral infections, which means you might not even know you have one.
Unfortunately, oral infections don’t always make themselves known until it’s at a point where it’s scary. If you see a pimple in your mouth, call us immediately. Oral infections are a time-sensitive issue that easily turn into life-threatening situations, such as a blood infection, for example.
Losing a Crown or Filling
Losing a crown or a filling can be both scary and painful, especially if it’s a large one that was responsible for protecting the nerves of your tooth. Losing one can happen from something as simple as eating solid foods, so if it happens to you, try not to panic.
The best thing to do while you wait for your emergency appointment is to go to your local drug store and pick up any brand of oral cement. Simply follow the instructions and make sure you keep the hole covered, no matter how many times you have to apply it.
Not doing so will expose the nerves and the roots of the tooth, which is extremely dangerous to do. If enough damage is caused to the open tooth, your emergency dentist will not be able to cover it back up and will have to remove the tooth entirely.
When the Tooth Has to Come Out
Though they may be something we’d all really like to avoid, sometimes it’s necessary to have a tooth extraction. In fact, tooth extractions are a very common procedure that the emergency dentists in Queens take care of on a regular basis, so they know how to do it safely, quickly, and make sure you’re as comfortable as possible while doing it.
Keep in mind, however, that both regular and emergency dentists will always do whatever they possibly can in order to save a tooth before they make the well-informed decision to remove it.
For example, if you’ve had an accident, and later visited the emergency dentist with a badly cracked tooth, they will try to save what’s left of the tooth before they remove it entirely. Unfortunately, they can’t always do this.
The process of extracting a tooth is a fairly quick one. They will use a numbing agent on the area, give you a couple of minutes to let it do its job, and then check to make sure you won’t feel anything during the procedure.
The emergency dentist will then remove the tooth by rocking it back and forth in the socket. If, however, they are unable to get it out, they will break it up and remove the tooth in two or more pieces.
After the procedure is completed, they will give you clear, concise instructions on how to take proper care of the area at home, whether it be verbal or written instructions, sometimes both. Always make sure that you stick to these instructions to minimize the healing time, and to make sure you don’t have to come back because you’re not taking care of the site properly!
Emergency Room vs. Emergency Dentist
Before you do anything, make sure you know where you need to go! Visiting the wrong place will waste time, which can be bad if what you’re going through is a time-sensitive issue.
The emergency room is not usually equipped to save your teeth, unless they specifically have an emergency dentist on their staff, but can help with pain management and any trauma or other related injuries you may have. Still, you may need to see an emergency dentist after the fact.
Emergency dentists, however, will be able to save your teeth and treat your mouth. They can deal with minor oral injuries and possibly pain management depending on what you need, but trauma is a no-go.
Remember, knowing that you need an emergency dentist in Queens will help you save money by spending on one bill instead of two.