EMERGENCY DENTAL

Emergency Dental Specialist

 Dental emergencies seem to follow their own timetable, and there’s no real way to plan for them. The good news is, at Gentilly Family Dental, LLC, Dr. Ambrose Martin III can provide you with the care you need -- quickly -- so you feel better and more serious problems can be averted. As a top dentist in New Orleans, Dr. Martin offers prompt, skilled care for all sorts of emergency dental needs. If you have a dental emergency, call the office right away. We are open 24/7 And to schedule a checkup or other appointment, use our online system for even greater convenience. 


 

Emergency Dental Q & A


What is emergency dentistry?


Emergency dentistry is care that focuses on oral health issues that need immediate or emergency care. At Gentilly Family Dental, LLC, Dr. Martin provides prompt, patient-centered emergency dental care for all sorts of oral health issues that are causing pain, dysfunction, or other problems, as well as problems that could quickly become worse without a quick response. Emergency dentistry procedures and treatments are focused on relieving symptoms as well as restoring the teeth, gums, or other areas of the mouth.



What kinds of problems are considered dental emergencies?


Many people mistakenly think that only “major” problems are considered dental emergencies; in fact, any issue that’s causing symptoms or dysfunction may need emergency dental care. Some of the most common dental emergencies include:

  • Toothache
  • Painful, swollen gums
  • Abscesses
  • Cracked, chipped, or otherwise damaged teeth
  • Damaged or lost restorations like crowns, bridges, and dentures
  • Loose adult teeth
  • Teeth that have been knocked out
  • Bite problems
  • Unusual sore that takes a long time to heal
  • Lacerations in the soft tissues

If you have any sort of problem or change in the way your mouth, teeth, or gums feel or function, you should call the office right away to learn what steps to take next.



What should I do if I have a toothache?


After calling the office to report your pain, you can help relieve your symptoms with over-the-counter pain medication and salt water rinses to help reduce swelling in the area. Even if your tooth stops aching, you still need to be seen to determine the underlying cause of your symptoms so serious damage is prevented.



What should I do if a tooth is knocked out?


Often, an adult tooth that is knocked out can be replanted, which means you may avoid the need for a replacement. The key is to seek out emergency care immediately, either at our office or at your nearest emergency room. Gently rinse the tooth to remove debris, taking care not to touch the root. Place the tooth back into the socket if you can, or else place it between your cheek and gum. If that’s not possible, you can place it in a glass of milk or water. Then seek care right away.



What can I do to prevent dental emergencies?


Wearing a mouthguard during sports helps prevent many impact-related injuries. Overall, seeing the dentist for routine care, not putting off care, brushing and flossing regularly, and having cleanings twice a year are some of the most important steps you can take since these activities keep your teeth as healthy as possible, which means they’re less prone to being damaged.

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