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Emergency Dentistry

Rifkin Dental

Dentists located in Carmel, NY & Yorktown Heights, NY

Knocked-out teeth, a mouth wound, or a cracked tooth should all have you headed to an emergency dentist right away. The dental experts at Rifkin Dental are located in Yorktown Heights and Carmel, New York, to serve the emergency dental needs of your whole family. If you or a family member are facing a dental emergency, call the office location nearest you or book an appointment online.

Emergency Dentistry Q & A

What Do Emergency Dentists Do?

Emergency dentists treat oral injuries and pain that need to be fixed or addressed immediately. Dental emergencies are typically any situation in which you need to save a broken or knocked-out tooth. Making it to Rifkin Dental as soon as you can after your injury, preferably within 30 minutes, could mean the difference between saving and losing your injured tooth.

When Should I Call an Emergency Dentist?

Whenever you are concerned about a severe mouth injury or condition for yourself or a member of your family, it’s a good idea to seek immediate emergency dental care. These types of situations are generally considered dental emergencies:

  • Knocked-out teeth
  • A loose permanent tooth
  • Severe tooth or mouth pain
  • Bleeding inside your mouth from your tongue, gums, or cheeks
  • An injury to your face or mouth
  • Uncomfortable swelling in your mouth, gums, or tongue
  • A severely cracked or broken tooth
  • A laceration or tear on your lips

You may not be dealing with a dental emergency if you chip a tooth but it doesn't appear as if you'll lose the tooth entirely. Even so, it’s a good idea to contact one of the experienced dentists at Rifkin Dental so they can tell you how to handle your tooth until you can get to the office.

What Should I Do When My Tooth is Knocked-Out?

Quick action is imperative for a dental emergency like a knocked-out tooth. Without immediate dental care, there's a good chance you'll lose the tooth for good. In this situation, clean both the injured tooth and inside your mouth. Rinse your mouth and tooth with lukewarm water. Avoid touching or holding the tooth's roots.

As you rinse the tooth, hold it by the top part (the crown). If possible, try to place it back into the socket in your gum where it came out. Close your mouth and bite down gently on the tooth, if you can. It might help to bite down on a soft piece of gauze until you can visit Rifkin Dental. Call the office right away. Or, have a family member or friend call to let our staff know you're on your way.

What should you do if you can't put the tooth back in your mouth? The goal is to keep the tooth moist at all times. Put it in a cup of milk or in your mouth next to your cheek to help preserve it until you arrive at the dental office.

Rifkin Dental is here for you. Call for calm, expert assistance in the event of a dental emergency.