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Emergency Dentistry

Howard I Fine, DMD -  - General Dentist

Howard I Fine, DMD

General Dentist located in White Plains, NY

When you’re in agony from a severe toothache or when you damage one of your teeth, it’s good to know you can call on an expert in emergency dentistry. Dr. Fine, practicing in White Plains, New York, is a highly qualified dentist who provides emergency assessments and treatment services for patients 4-years-old and older. If you need emergency dentistry, call Dr. Fine today to arrange an urgent appointment.

Emergency Dentistry Q & A

What is emergency dentistry?

Emergency dentistry is a service that gives you access to same-day treatment when you have a severe toothache, or when you suffer trauma to your tooth.

Having a toothache is never pleasant, but if you experience pain that interrupts your daily routine, you should call an emergency dentist. This advice is especially true if you have a fever as well as severe toothache, which could indicate an infection.

A broken, fractured, or loose tooth can also be painful. Crucially, if you get emergency dentistry from an experienced dentist like Dr. Fine, you stand a much better chance of saving the tooth than if you waited for a regular appointment.

What should I do if I damage my teeth?

If you fracture a tooth, the crack makes a natural access point for bacteria, which could cause a nasty and painful infection. To reduce this risk, rinse with warm saltwater and seek emergency dentistry from Dr. Fine. You can also use cold compresses to keep the swelling down.

If there’s some foreign object stuck in your teeth, you might be able to ease it out gently using dental floss or tape, or an interdental brush. However, you should only make gentle efforts so as not to cause further tissue damage.

If the whole tooth comes out, put it back into the socket where it belongs. If the area is painful, keep the tooth inside of your cheek or in a saucer of milk. These methods will allow the root of your tooth to stay moist. Dr. Fine is an expert in saving teeth, but if the tooth dries out, the chances of keeping it decrease dramatically.

You can take over-the-counter medication if you have severe pain, but avoid applying anything that contains aspirin to the painful teeth.

If you’re in severe pain outside of office hours, you should call 911 or head to the emergency room for assistance.

How can I avoid needing emergency dentistry?

The best way to avoid the need for emergency dentistry is to take good care of your teeth. Keeping them brushed and flossed and attending regular checkups with Dr. Fine can reduce the risk of decay and infection, which are typical causes of a severe toothache.

You should also avoid biting down on items such as unpopped corn, hard candies, or ice cubes. Try not to use your teeth to cut or bite anything other than your food, and always use a mouth guard if you play sports.

If you do need emergency dentistry, don’t hesitate to call Howard I. Fine, DMD.