In any dental emergency, you should take your condition seriously and seek treatment as soon as possible. However, some emergencies may have more immediate consequences than others, making them somewhat more of an emergency in terms of their potential impact on your overall oral health. For patients in Syosset, NY, these are just three of the common dental emergencies that must be addressed immediately to avoid more serious consequences.
A fractured tooth is one in which a crack has compromised its structural integrity. A broken tooth is one in which a piece of it has completely broken off of the main structure. In both cases, the damage can lead to intense tooth pain and a heightened risk of tooth infection (decay). To restore it, your dentist can place a crown over the fractured or broken tooth, and if necessary, perform root canal treatment to remove or prevent severe decay.
Failed tooth restoration
If you’ve previously had a tooth treated for infection, tooth damage, or any other dental health issue, then the failure of that restoration could pose an immediate threat to the tooth and your oral health. Depending on the restoration (i.e., filling, root canal treatment, crown, etc.), it can also cause instant tooth discomfort. Your dentist may be able to restore your tooth with a similar custom restoration if you seek treatment in time, or you may need more extensive treatment by the time you visit.
Completely knocked-out tooth
If your tooth is completely knocked out, then seeking treatment immediately is important for several reasons. Attending the wound in your gums and dental ridge will help you avoid infection, and designing a plan to replace the tooth as soon as possible can help you preserve the rest of your smile. In many cases, a dental implant-supported crown may be the most beneficial solution for rebuilding your smile and offering the level of preservation your smile deserves.
Schedule an emergency visit ASAP
Regardless of your dental emergency, you should take your condition seriously and contact your dentist as soon as possible. For more information, schedule a consultation by calling Syosset Dental in Syosset, NY today at 516-433-2211 or 516-921-6930.