Emergent/Urgent Care Services
Are you suffering a dental emergency? Dental emergencies are just that; an emergency. Call us when you’re on your way – or just walk-in, it’s that easy. Our Urgent Dental Care NYC staff will quickly determine the best course of action to best suit your needs.
Our hours are particularly advantageous – and we will work with all of our patients to ensure that they’re triaged and scheduled appropriately. We know that delays in medical attention with urgent dental situations could potentially cause additional or life-long damage as well as increased dental costs and unnecessary, worsening pain.
Beyond providers, we’re also educators. We ensure that you as our patient will be educated on your treatment and options available every step of the way. We will help you make the most informed decisions possible. From the treatment plan that best suits your needs to payment plans and financial options – we always want what is best for you and to keep you smiling.
Please, do not delay dental help – if you’re experiencing any of the following call us or walk-in as soon as possible:
- Swelling, worsening pain or sensitivity that does not resolve
- Persistent tooth pain, or toothache
- Any oral trauma
- Restorative damage or break: crown, denture, filling etc.
- An abscessed, or severely infected tooth
- Tooth is broken, cracked, chipped
- Tooth has broken off at the gum line, or completely fallen out
Common Emergent Procedures:
- Root Canal Treatment
Root canals are also referred to as endodontic therapy. They are performed when the pulp or nerve of a tooth is infected due to tooth decay, a broken, chipped or cracked tooth, or due to a trauma of the tooth. During the procedure, a dental drill is used to remove the diseased pulp. The removal of the pulp is called a pulpectomy. The tooth will then be cleaned out, disinfected and sealed off to prevent the occurrence of further damage.Take note, the complete root canal treatment consists of multiple steps that are done over several dental appointments – after the first root canal treatment appointment you will feel immediate relief of the pain that had you initially.
In years past, root canals were a long, painful procedure – but with advancement in technology and the help of local anesthetics – the procedure need not be dreaded as it once was.
The most common symptom that a root canal is treatment that may be needed is pain. The intensity of the pain may vary throughout the day ranging from mild to unbearable. It may also become worse when you bite down on something. Some patients develop major hot and cold sensitivity. Your gums may also become inflamed and swollen near or around the infected tooth.
X-Rays are needed to properly diagnose whether or not a root canal procedure is the proper treatment for your pressing situation.
Take comfort in knowing that a root canal treatment can last a lifetime with proper care. And, root canals also have a very high success rate. After a root canal procedure is performed it is imperative to maintain good dental hygiene, to see your Urgent Dental Care NYC dentist every 6 months for an exam and avoid chewing on hard foods or candies, as they can cause damage to the repaired tooth.
- Tooth Extractions
If you have a tooth or teeth that are severely infected or badly decayed – all treatment options will be considered first. A tooth extraction or removal of a tooth is a last resort option. Our teeth are meant to last a lifetime, but sometimes that doesn’t happen. Damage and decay are the number one reason for a tooth extraction; some other reasons why a tooth extraction may be opted for are:
- Overcrowding; some people are born with extra teeth, teeth that block appropriate teeth from growing in or growing correctly
- Baby teeth that won’t fall out and allow permanent teeth to grow in
- Getting braces; forcing teeth to move where they’re supposed to be, realizing that certain teeth may need to go in order to create the room needed
- Patients that receive head and neck radiation; sometimes teeth can obstruct the radiation treatment and need to be removed in order to administer the treatment properly
- Patients receiving certain chemotherapy drugs may develop infected and brittle teeth due to the cancer drugs and ultimately need to have them removed as they cannot fight infection the same as people without cancer
- Wisdom teeth or third molars. Not everyone has troublesome wisdom teeth – they normally erupt through the gums during a person’s late teens or early twenties. They often need to be removed as they are easily infected, inflamed and create overcrowding in the mouth
Tooth extractions are done one of two ways: a simple extraction or a surgical extraction. A simple extraction is done on a tooth that you can see with the naked eye; it is first loosened by the dentist with an instrument called an elevator, then it is pulled from its socket with dental forceps. A surgical extraction is more complex. It is done on teeth that have not erupted thru the gum line yet (wisdom teeth) or teeth that have broken off at the gum line. A small incision is made onto your gum above the tooth; the tooth is then extracted, or pulled – with dental forceps, like a simple extraction. Simple extractions are normally done with a local anesthetic and surgical extractions are most commonly performed while the patient is under general anesthesia.
To make healing more comfortable after an extraction procedure:
- Cold compress to reduce swelling and inflammation
- Warm compress if you find that your jaw feels sore or stiff
- Soft foods only for the first week, and nothing hot in temperature
- Gently rinsing your mouth with salt water
- No using a straw, smoking or spitting after surgery or extraction, as the mouth motion used while sucking through a straw, spitting or smoking could pull the clot from the hole where your tooth was extracted causing extreme pain due to the bone and nerve being exposed. This is called dry-socket.
The healing process after a tooth extraction varies from patient to patient – generally, a patient in good health is fully healed after three to five weeks with proper care and hygiene.
Fillings are a common dental procedure used to fill a cavity in a tooth – fillings are considered a restorative procedure, however, they are frequently done in emergent dental situations due to the pain that one can experience from a cavity. A filling restores the tooth back to health and normal functionality, and also prevents further damage to the tooth by eliminating areas where bacteria can enter the tooth.With today’s technology and a local anesthetic – getting a filling is not a procedure to be feared as it is essentially painless and quick.
There is no lack of choice when it comes to fillings, as there are many options.
Common filling types include:
- Composite Fillings
A composite resin filling is a blend of fine glass and plastic particles. Composite resin fillings match the teeth, and do not stand out. For that very reason, these fillings tend to be the ones that are used most often on front teeth, or a part of a tooth that is visible. Less drilling is required by the dentist when using composite resin, as the mixture bonds right to the tooth. Composite resin fillings are also amongst the strongest of options.
- Gold Fillings
Gold fillings are made from gold – making them extremely durable and the longest lasting of the filling options. Gold fillings do not match the color of your teeth and tend to be quite pricey.
- Ceramic Fillings
Ceramic fillings are one of the most natural looking options, as they are made from porcelain they blend to your tooth well. Ceramic fillings tend to be brittle and are overall not as durable. They are also a more expensive option, even more so than the gold fillings.
- Amalgam Fillings
Amalgam fillings are made of a metal mixture – included in the mixture is mercury and silver. Because of this, they do not match your natural teeth and tend to be used in molars and back teeth. Amalgam fillings are durable and tend to last in upwards of ten years with proper hygiene and care.
- Glass Ionomer Fillings
Glass ionomer fillings are made from various components of glass including acrylic and fluoro aluminosilicate. This filling type is most commonly used with people that have decay that extends deep down into the tooth. It is also used frequently in children that have painful cavities that need filled in baby teeth.
Our helpful Urgent Dental Care NYC staff will help you make the appropriate filling choice – we will work with your needs as well as your budget and make sure that you’re comfortable and informed during every decision making process. We value you, our patient as well as your smile!