Riverdale Dental Arts
Cosmetic & General Dentistry located in Riverdale, Bronx, NY
A dental emergency can arise when you least expect it, and knowing where to turn can make it far easier to manage. For many residents in and around Riverdale, New York, Sheldon Kupferman, DDS, of Riverdale Dental Arts is their emergency dentist of choice. If you or a loved one encounters a dental emergency in the New York City borough of the Bronx, call the office to determine your next steps. Online booking is available for less urgent scheduling needs.
Emergency Dentist Q & A
What is emergency dentistry?
Emergency dentistry is an area of dental practice focused on addressing acute care needs. When you encounter a sudden dental need, having a dental team you know and trust can make a world of difference in your outcomes.
Many different issues can fall under the umbrella of emergency dentistry. Some examples include:
- Knocked-out teeth
- Broken or chipped teeth
- Advanced decay
- Severe dental pain
- Signs of infection
- Cracked teeth
- Trauma to lips, tongue, or other soft oral tissues
If you are unsure if your needs fall under the category of emergency dentistry, call Riverdale Dental Arts and describe your situation.
When do I need to see an emergency dentist?
The best way to decide if your circumstances should prompt an emergency dentistry visit is to think about whether or not your needs can wait to be seen in a traditionally scheduled office visit. If you are in severe pain or have clearly damaged one or more teeth, emergency dentistry is the right approach.
Many dental issues are less obvious. Advanced dental decay or untreated gum disease can cause swelling and pain in the mouth and should be seen as soon as possible. This is especially true if you are also experiencing signs of infection, such as facial swelling, pain, fever, pus, or drainage from the area.
In short, if you are uncertain about whether you need emergency dental care, you are always welcome to call the office to explain your circumstances and get guidance on how to move forward.
What should I do for a knocked-out tooth?
A knocked-out, or avulsed, tooth is among the most common types of dental emergencies. Knowing how to respond can make the difference between saving or losing the tooth.
Begin by locating the tooth and carefully picking it up without touching the root, or the portion normally covered with your gums. If there is dirt or debris on the tooth, rinse it quickly under a gentle stream of clean, lukewarm water.
If possible, place the tooth back into its socket, holding it in place by biting down on a clean piece of gauze or cloth. You can also place the tooth in the space between your cheek and gums. Placing the tooth in a small container and covering it in lukewarm milk is also an option.
Call Riverdale Dental Arts right away to let them know you are coming in for treatment. Online scheduling is also available for less urgent dental needs.