What is a Dental Emergency in Garden City?

  • By gardencity
  • 13 Oct, 2016
When you hurt, you want the quickest action to resolve the problem. Dr. Peter Vastardis, emergency dentist in Garden City, provides fast, compassionate response to your pressing oral health needs. Named Top Dentist from 2003 to 2016 by the Consumer Research Group, Dr. Vastardis and his staff give you stabilizing advice you and a same-day […] The post What is a Dental Emergency in Garden City? appeared first on Garden City Dental Blog.
When you hurt, you want the quickest action to resolve the problem. Dr. Peter Vastardis , emergency dentist in Garden City, provides fast, compassionate response to your pressing oral health needs. Named Top Dentist from 2003 to 2016 by the Consumer Research Group, Dr. Vastardis and his staff give you stabilizing advice you and a same-day appointment when needed.

What is a Dental Emergency?

A dental emergency occurs when a tooth, soft oral tissue or bone of the face is bleeding, broken or in serious pain. Examples include dental abscess, or infection, a fractured tooth or laceration. What should you do in each case? First, call Garden City Dental Associates for immediate advice to stabilize your condition. When necessary, the office staff will fit you into the doctor’s schedule right away.
So you’re prepared to deal with a dental emergency, here is some first aid information from Dr. Vastardis.
  • Avulsed toothIf you knock out a tooth in an accident, it’s important to save it, rinse it with water and place it back in the empty tooth socket. Get to Garden City Dental Associates because emergency dentistry research shows that an avulsed tooth may survive for years if reimplanted within one hour of injury. If you cannot replace the tooth, put it in a sealed container with milk or an over the counter tooth preservative. Bring it to the dentist.
  • Broken tooth or restoration such as a crownSave the pieces to bring to the dental office. The dentist may repair the fracture with tooth-colored composite resin, or he may replace the filling or crown with a new one. He may elect root canal therapy to restore a badly damaged tooth, removing the pulp and placing a protective filling or porcelain crown.
  • ToothacheAt the first sign of dental pain, call Garden City Dental for an appointment. To relieve symptoms, place a cold compress on an aching jaw, and take over the counter ibuprofen or acetaminophen for pain. Dental sensitivity or throbbing toothache often signals deep decay and infection, affecting the nerves in the soft inner pulp. Extraction is always the last resort as Dr. Vastardis often treats toothaches with fillings or root canals, preserving an ailing tooth for additional years of service.
  • AbscessA tooth infection is a dangerous condition with associated swelling, fever, bad breath and foul-tasting drainage. Get an appointment at Garden City Dental Associates. Rinse your mouth with salt water, and take an analgesic to relieve pain.
  • Fractured or displaced jaw or oral lacerationThese are a medical emergencies. Transport to the hospital emergency room. To quell bleeding, place direct pressure on the wound.
  • Foreign object caught between teethTry dislodging it with dental floss. If you cannot, call Dr. Vastardis for a recommendation or appointment.

Take Care of Your Teeth

One of the best ways to avoid dental emergencies is a little common sense. For instance, be sure to brush and floss daily, and get your semi-annual check-ups and cleanings at Garden City Dental Associates. These actions keep smiles strong and healthy, and Dr. Vastardis works to find small problems before they develop into big ones.
Also, wear a customized mouthguard for sports and if you are a teeth grinder. Dr. Vastardis can tell you all about these protective devices. Finally, do not chew ice or open packages with your teeth.

Call Us

If you have concerns about your oral health, contact Garden City Dental Associates . Dr. Vastardis is a published dental author and lecturer with a wide skill set and a compassionate heart. He wants you to feel and function at your very best and keep smiling, too.
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