Emergency Dentistry

Ledner & Zaiff Dental Designs

General Dentists & Cosmetic Dentists located in Yorktown, Shrub Oak, NY

If you wake up with a severe toothache or lose a permanent tooth as a result of an automobile or sports accident, it’s important you seek treatment as soon as possible. Without proper care, you might end up losing a tooth or experiencing more serious oral health problems later on. Elliot Ledner, DDS, Janet Zaiff, DDS, and the team at Ledner & Zaiff Dental Designs in the Shrub Oak and Yorktown, New York, area, proudly offer an array of emergency dentistry services to people of all ages. To request your appointment today, call the office or simply walk-in during normal business hours.

Emergency Dentistry Q & A

What is emergency dentistry?

Emergency dentistry is a branch of oral health care focused on diagnosing and treating injuries to the teeth, lips, gums, and mouth. If you knock out a permanent tooth or develop a severe oral infection, it’s important to seek out emergency dentistry services immediately. 

Making it to Ledner & Zaiff Dental Designs within a half-hour of your injury could mean the difference between saving or losing your tooth. Undergoing emergency dentistry treatment can also prevent infection from spreading and preserve the health of your mouth, in general.

What are some common dental emergencies?

At Ledner & Zaiff Dental Designs, the team offers a comprehensive suite of emergency dentistry services, including treatment for:

  • Knocked-out teeth
  • Chipped teeth
  • Cracked teeth
  • Fractured teeth
  • Puncture wounds
  • Lacerations
  • Severe toothaches
  • Loose teeth

The team also provides emergency dentistry to address chipped, cracked, or damaged restorations. If you fracture a crown or bridge, even if attached to a dental implant, the team can restore your prosthetic quickly and efficiently. 

The providers at Ledner & Zaiff Dental Designs also repair dentures for patients. They have a machine on-site that allows for quick repairs, without having to send the dentures out to a laboratory.

What steps should I take if I knock-out a permanent tooth?

If you knock-out a permanent tooth, it’s important to act as quickly as possible, following these steps.

  1. Carefully pick up the tooth by its crown
  2. Gently rinse it off with cool tap water
  3. Place it back into its socket, in a glass of milk, or tuck it inside your cheek
  4. Call Ledner & Zaiff Dental Designs

The team offers same-day appointments for emergency dentistry. They also see patients after-hours and on weekends. 

When you call, let the receptionist know what caused your accident and explain the severity of your injury. Depending on your symptoms, they may be able to provide you with tips to stop bleeding or pain on your way over. 

How can I prevent the need for emergency dentistry?

There’s no way to avoid the need for emergency dentistry entirely, but you can take steps to significantly lower your risk of an accident or injury. 

For example, if you play contact sports or you enjoy activities like mountain biking or skateboarding, wear a mouthguard. If you grind your teeth or clench your jaws while sleeping, you might want to wear a night guard to prevent wear-and-tear damage.

You can also lower your risk of needing emergency dentistry by practicing good oral hygiene. The team at Ledner & Zaiff Dental Designs recommends brushing your teeth twice each day, flossing once a day, and visiting the dentist once every six months for a professional cleaning and exam.

If you or a loved one suffers a dental emergency, don’t wait to make an appointment at Ledner & Zaiff Dental Designs, call the office today, or walk-in during normal business hours.