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Emergency Dentist – Maspeth, NY 

The Fast, Compassionate Dental Care You Need

Man with dental emergency in Maspeth

Our team understands that dental emergencies tend to bring inconvenience, pain, and anxiety with them. As your dedicated family dental healthcare provider, the Maspeth Dental team is here for you in these stressful times. Please call our office immediately in the case of an emergency! We’re happy to offer the fast, compassionate dental care you need as quickly as possible, usually within the same day. We can also work with you over the phone to help you preserve your oral and overall health until you reach our office. Read on as we cover some important information about dental emergencies in Maspeth.

Why Choose Maspeth Dental for Emergency Dental Care?

  • Late and Weekend Hours for Convenient Appointments
  • Same-Day Appointments for Emergency Patients
  • Dental Insurance Welcome and CareCredit Dental Financing Available

How We Treat Dental Emergencies

Pained woman calling her emergency dentist

No one ever expects a dental emergency to happen to them, but they are more common than you might realize. In fact, 1 in 6 Americans faces one each year. If you suddenly find yourself needing urgent dental attention, do you know what to do? Whether you have a fracture or a toothache in Maspeth, we’re here for you. We’ll help you provide the appropriate first aid at home and get you into our office right away.

  • Call us for your same-day emergency appointment: As soon as you begin to worry that you may have a dental emergency, give us a call. We’ll help you determine the severity of your situation, schedule your same-day appointment if necessary, and provide first-aid instructions over the phone.
  • Get an emergency exam with Dr. Howard or Dr. Mark: When you reach our practice, Dr. Howard or Dr. Mark will see you for your emergency examination. They’ll work quickly to get you out of pain and examine your mouth.
  • Review your options and create a plan: After your exam, they’ll fully explain their findings to you and review which treatments they recommend moving forward with. We’ll help you pick the one that’s best for you and your budget.
  • Get the care you need: Once you’ve decided on a treatment plan, we’ll get to work right away to preserve your teeth, eliminate dental pain, and repair your smile.

The Most Common Dental Emergencies

Sometimes it can be hard to tell what qualifies as a dental emergency and what doesn’t. Typically, if you notice severe discomfort, swelling, or any other uncomfortable or worrying symptoms, you should contact your emergency dentist in Maspeth right away. Our team understands that accidents happen, which is why our hours are extended and we are open on Sundays. So, when in doubt, make an appointment to prevent a small problem from turning into a large one. Here are some of the most common dental emergencies we treat

Understanding the Cost of Dental Emergencies 

Blue piggy bank atop model teeth representing the cost of dental emergencies

After you’ve overcome the initial shock of your dental emergency and have taken the appropriate steps to control the pain and protect your oral health, your next biggest concern is likely to be whether you’ll be able to afford your treatment. Dr. Howard and Dr. Mark don’t want you to become so focused on the financial aspect of your situation that you overlook the importance of having your tooth treated; as such, they’ll work alongside you to explore your financial options and figure out a way to manage the final price. Call us today to learn more.

What Factors Influence the Cost of Emergency Dental Care?

Man shaking hands with his emergency dentist

You shouldn’t be surprised to learn that different emergencies – such as broken or lost teeth, toothaches, severe infections, and damaged dental crowns – will require different forms of treatment that naturally carry unique price tags. In addition to the price of the treatment itself, you also have to consider your personal dental insurance plan; different companies will pay varying levels of coverage for different services. Note that the rates will vary depending on whether or not we are in-network with your insurance company. In-network just means that we’ve come to an agreement with the insurer about the discount provided; we can still accept plans that our out-of-network.

The Importance Of Scheduling Your Consultation

X-ray of a bad toothache

Before anything else, you’ll need to schedule an appointment at our office – ideally on the same day – so that we can examine your mouth and determine exactly how severe the issue is. Once we have a clear idea of the kind of treatment you need, we can narrow down the kinds of treatments you might need – as well as the prices attached to them.

Is Emergency Dental Care Covered By My Insurance?

Dental insurance paperwork

Everyone’s dental coverage varies, but At Maspeth Dental we accept a variety of plans so you can get the high-quality and fast care you need without worrying about ruining your monthly budget. You can contact us to see if we are in-network with your provider. We want to help you maintain healthy and happy gums and teeth, which is why our team is more than glad to help you find out what services are covered by your insurance plan.

If you don’t have an insurance plan of your own, you can still receive help paying for your care. We work with a third-party company called CareCredit, which can create a low- to no-interest plan that will help you pay for your treatment in a series of affordable installments.

How to Prevent Dental Emergencies

Man with healthy smile thanks to his emergency dentist

While Dr. Lorber and his team will gladly come to your aid whenever your smile has been injured or infected, your teeth and gums will be much better off if such emergencies never occur in the first place. Your dentist in Maspeth can offer plenty of advice for avoiding dental accidents that could lead to needing urgent care. Keep reading to learn more about protecting your oral health, and feel free to contact our office if you have additional questions.

Maintain Good Oral Hygiene Habits at Home

Woman smiles while flossing

There will always be a risk of gum disease and tooth decay developing in your mouth, but you’ll find that it’s much easier to protect your smile if you practice good oral hygiene every day. When you brush, use a fluoride toothpaste that helps remove harmful bacteria while also strengthening the enamel. Not only does this help them resist decay, but they’ll also become harder to chip in general. Do not forget to floss, as it is the most reliable way to remove food particles and plaque from the spots between your teeth that a toothbrush can’t easily reach.

Be Careful With Your Diet

Healthy foods that can help prevent toothaches

A varied, nutritious diet helps set the foundation for any healthy smile. Naturally, you should be eating plenty of fruits and vegetables; the fibers they contain will help keep your teeth and gums clean and encourage the production of saliva, which helps neutralize harmful acids that can wear away at your enamel. At the same time, though, you need to be wary of foods or beverages that contain high levels of sugar or starch. These ingredients, when left to sit in your mouth, encourage oral bacteria to produce the acids that contribute to tooth decay, which could ultimately result in a toothache or an infection that requires root canal therapy. You don’t have to avoid sugar and starch altogether, but it’s best not to snack on them constantly throughout the day; generally, you should save such foods for mealtime, which is when your mouth naturally produces more saliva.

Protect Your Teeth

Closeup of mouthguards that help prevent dental emergencies

Both children and adults are at risk for nightly teeth grinding or clenching, also known as bruxism. In addition to wearing down the teeth, bruxism could also cause jaw pain or even a temporomandibular joint disorder. You can protect your teeth at night with a custom-made mouthguard. (You should also be wearing a similar appliance if you participate in any kind of sport.)

Pay attention to what you bite down on. Over time, bad habits such as crunching ice or chewing on pen tips could damage your teeth to the point of fracturing them. Take great care not to bite down on anything that’s especially hard, especially if it’s an inedible object that was not meant to be chewed in the first place. On that note, you should never try opening packages with your teeth; if you’re having trouble, find some scissors or another appropriate tool instead.