Emergency Dentist

Robert Zarabi, DDS

Restorative & Dental Surgeon located in Midtown East, New York, NY

When serious trauma and injuries occur and cause damage to the teeth, Dr. Robert Zarabi and his skilled, compassionate dental team work efficiently to provide the best emergency care to patients in Midtown East, New York. In some cases, proper emergency dental care can mean the difference between keeping or losing your tooth. Dr. Zarabi knows that life can be unpredictable, and when a dental emergency happens, he’s here to help provide immediate medical attention.

Emergency Dentist Q & A

What are the main reasons I would need emergency dental care?

Accidents are one of the most common reasons people need emergency dental care. When emergency care is received sooner, in many cases Dr. Zarabi is able to save your natural tooth.

Some other common reasons for emergency dental care visits include:

  • Moderate to severe toothache
  • Knocked out tooth from an injury
  • Cracked or chipped tooth after an injury

To avoid a dental emergency, it’s wise to wear a mouthguard during sports and when you’re engaging in physical activities that are higher impact. Avoid chewing on very hard candy or ice that could potentially cause damage to your teeth.

What causes severe toothache?

A severe toothache – a common reason for dental visits – is usually the result of tooth decay. Tooth decay often starts without symptoms and without your knowledge.

Bacterial plaque builds up on your teeth and produces an acid when it reacts with sugars in the foods you eat. The acid dissolves and over time softens your enamel – the hard layer that covers the front of your teeth.

When left untreated, tooth decay can progress and even dissolve through deeper layers of your teeth. Most people begin experiencing pain, discomfort, and heightened tooth sensitivity when decay reaches your dentin – the layer below your enamel.

Your dentin layer on your teeth has nerve endings that become especially sensitive when exposed to hot and sticky foods. An infection can develop when decay and bacteria reach the center pulp portion of your tooth that contains blood vessels and nerves.

Watch out for symptoms, such as:

  • Fever
  • Red gums
  • A discharge around the tooth
  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing

Tooth decay is a dental emergency, since it can spread to other parts of your body and become serious if you contract an infection that’s left untreated.

What do I do if I have a broken or chipped tooth?

Even if your tooth isn’t yet painful, if it’s chipped or broken, it’s important you seek dental care as soon as you can to protect and preserve the internal and delicate areas of your inner tooth that might now be exposed to different types of bacteria in your mouth.

Tooth decay can spread and develop rapidly, so it’s crucial to get it under control early.

If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, rest assured you can rely on Dr. Zarabi and his dental team to provide the highest standard of care when you need it most. Call the office or book online today.