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Emergency Dentistry Specialist

Island Smile Dental Group

General Dentists located in Levittown, NY

When a dental emergency strikes, you need medical help right away or else risk losing your tooth. Nourhan Mekawy, DDS, provides emergency dentistry services from her practice at Island Smile Dental Group in Levittown, New York. If you’re in extreme pain or have any concerns about your teeth or gums, reach out and make an appointment today. You can book through the web inquiry form or for immediate assistance, call the office.

Emergency Dentistry Q&A

What is emergency dentistry?

Emergency dentistry is the treatment of any dental situation that could lead to losing a tooth or a mouth infection if you don’t receive medical help immediately. It includes:

  • A knocked-out tooth
  • A gum infection
  • A cracked or broken tooth
  • A lost filling or crown
  • A sudden toothache
  • Intense mouth pain

If any of these happen to you, seek dental treatment right away. It could make all the difference in saving your tooth.

How would I know if I need emergency dentistry?

Not all dental issues need emergency dentistry. Sometimes, they can hold off for a day or two while you schedule a regular appointment. If you’re unsure if you need emergency dentistry, here’s a checklist of symptoms to look out for:

  • Severe pain
  • You’ve received a blow to the mouth
  • Bleeding from the mouth
  • Bulges or swelling in the gum or part of the mouth
  • Loose teeth
  • Pain when biting down

If you notice these or similar symptoms, contact Dr. Mekawy right away. Describe what happened and what you can see and feel so she can determine if she needs to see you right away.

How should I prepare for emergency dentistry?

If you have to attend an emergency dental appointment, make sure you bring your identification and insurance paperwork if you have it. You will need to provide information on your medical history and current health status, and any medication you’re taking.

How can I avoid emergency dentistry?

Accidents happen and are, by their nature, not predictable. You can, however, take steps to cut the risk of needing emergency dentistry.

Regular checkups

Twice-a-year checkups allow Dr. Mekawy to catch developing teeth and gum problems early on. You should also consider making an appointment if you’re due to take a vacation or you’re going to be away for a long while.

Dr. Mekawy can check for loose fillings or tooth decay close to a nerve that could lead to you needing emergency dentistry while you’re away.

Precautionary measures

Think about your lifestyle. Do you practice preventive dental care? Wearing mouthguards while playing sports or taking part in high-impact activities can protect your teeth from hard, sudden blows. Chewing on ice and hard foods or using your teeth to open bottles can chip your teeth and bruise your gums, so avoid both. 

If you need emergency dentistry or wish to know more about preventing it, call Island Smile Dental Group today or request an appointment through the inquiry form.