It’s scary to suffer an injury or accident that results in serious damage to one or more of your teeth. At Ditmars Family Dental, you will feel reassured, because we offer prompt urgent care to save your teeth when at all possible.
Dental trauma typically means your tooth being set loose from its socket. If it’s partial, with the tooth still physically connected, that is what is called a dislodged tooth. An avulsed tooth refers to one that is completely free of its socket. Time is a huge factor. You need the attention of our East Elmhurst emergency dentist as soon as possible. It’s also important to take helpful steps before you arrive at our office. For one thing, call us right away for guidance and advice. This will also allow us to ensure that our East Elmhurst emergency dentist is ready for your arrival. If the tooth is avulsed, keep it moist by putting in some warm water with a pinch of salt, or a container of milk. If the tooth is dislodged, try to push it back into position temporarily. It may only need to be fastened with orthodontic wire or a plastic splint at our office, thereby allowing it the time to heal naturally. Some dislodged teeth, and virtually all avulsed ones, need root canal therapy to repair damage inside them. It’s also true that some teeth are beyond the point where they can be saved, but everything possible will be done to avoid that outcome.
Unless you have other non-dental injuries that are of equal or greater urgency, always choose our East Elmhurst emergency dentist and not a hospital ER, most of which lack both the facilities and equipment to perform the necessary treatment, but also are unlikely to even have a dentist on staff. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us.