Dental Emergencies

What is a dental emergency?

A dental emergency is any situation that poses an immediate threat to the health of your teeth and supporting tissues. Dental emergencies are often the result of impact on the mouth, but they also can be caused by infection. To ensure the best possible outcome, any dental emergency should be evaluated by a professional immediately.

How soon should I be seen?

If you are experiencing a dental emergency, please contact our office at 86th Street Dental Center Office Phone Number (212) 579-0213. Depending on your situation we will advise you on what your treatment options are and, if necessary, will refer you to a specialist in the area. We will try to fit you in between our already scheduled patients the same day you call, between 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

What should I do if my tooth is knocked out?

For permanent teeth that are knocked out, rinse the tooth and put it back in the socket. If you can’t get the tooth back in the socket, place it in a container of milk, water, or saliva to keep it moist. Do not touch the roots (handle the tooth by the crown) and don’t brush the tooth. Contact us IMMEDIATELY for information and emergency treatment – the sooner you get to us, the more likely your tooth can be saved!

For baby teeth that are unexpectedly knocked out, leave them out and contact us immediately for instructions.

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Other Dental Emergencies

  • Broken Tooth/Teeth
  • Pain When Biting
  • Severe Tooth Decay (Tooth Extraction May Be Required)
  • Bleeding
  • Trauma from Tooth Accident
  • Inflammation Around Wisdom Teeth
  • Substantial Toothache
  • Severe Tooth Sensitivity
  • Gum Abscesses
    • Swollen or Sore Gums
  • Jaw Pain
  • Infection
  • Broken, Cracked and Chipped Teeth
  • Broken Fillings
  • Lost Crown

Pain Management

If we can not see you immediately, here is a list of effective home remedies to make you more comfortable while you wait for care:

  • Warm water rinses for sore teeth and gums.
  • Over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen (Tylenol)
  • Ice packs applied to the outside of cheeks.
  • Dental anesthetics containing benzocaine may be used as directed on the package for pain.
  • Avoid overly hot and cold beverages and foods to reduce sensitivity.
  • Heating pads may be used for jaw pain.
  • Avoid chewing in the injured area.
  • If a broken tooth has a sharp edge, cotton can be placed over it to protect soft tissues in your mouth.

Pain-Free Emergencies

Some dental emergencies may not cause pain initially. For example, a cracked tooth may not hurt, but it may lead to nerve damage in the roots. For this reason, all the listed conditions need immediate attention, regardless of whether pain is present.

We are here to help! Please contact us at 86th Street Dental Center Office Phone Number (212) 579-0213 if you are experiencing any emergency condition.