Most dental emergencies are time-sensitive. That is why you need a dentist who is available any time of the night or day whenever the unexpected happens. At National Dental Williston Park, our doctors are equipped to address a number of oral health conditions, including those caused by trauma. Whether you fell and broke a tooth or woke up in the middle of the night with a swollen jaw, our skilled and experienced team has the resources to alleviate your discomfort and help you get back to normal life.
Did you know that automobile accidents are the leading cause of dental trauma? Slips, falls, and sports-related injuries are also high on the list. There are several forms of facial trauma that can occur, including:
- Teeth injuries: When trauma occurs, the teeth can become chipped, broken, loose, or knocked-out. Believe it or not, even a knocked-out tooth can be replanted if addressed soon enough. Therefore, any time you sustain a tooth injury, it is crucial to see a dentist as soon as possible to preserve your bite and your oral health.
- Bone injuries: Broken facial bones can be challenging. Unlike other broken bones in the body, facial bones cannot be set in a cast. Therefore, oral surgery is necessary to address the problem. While broken jaws are one of the most common types of injuries, patients may also sustain fractures in the nose, cheeks, eye sockets, or forehead. We can correct the issue and allow for proper healing by using surgical wires, screws, and plates.
- Soft tissue injuries: Oftentimes, injuries to the lips, gums, cheeks, tongue, or other oral soft tissues are not considered serious. However, it is important to have the area evaluated by a dental professional to ensure that your oral health has not been compromised. For example, the oral soft tissues include salivary glands, blood vessels, and nerves. Additionally, direct trauma to the gums could result in gingival recession later on. Therefore, it is a good idea to have these types of injuries assessed by your dentist.
- Painful teeth
Toothaches and Oral Pain
Not all emergencies are caused by trauma. Some dental emergencies seem to develop out of thin air, with no warning signs. For example, one day, everything is fine. The next, you wake up with excruciating pain and facial swelling. There are a few different reasons why this may occur, including:
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
- A cracked tooth
- Malocclusion (a “bad bite”)
- A misaligned jaw
Occasionally, individuals experience transferred dental pain. In these cases, it feels like a toothache, but the actual source of discomfort is the sinuses or the TMJ. No matter what type of pain you are experiencing, our experts at National Dental Williston Park can help you alleviate your discomfort.
Contact Your Emergency Dentist in New Hyde Park Today
If you are currently experiencing a dental emergency, don’t delay! By addressing the problem early, you can avoid further issues and preserve your future oral health as well. To schedule a consultation with one of our doctors, call us at (516) 686-9780 or contact us online anytime.