What Do I Do During a Dental Emergency?

What Do I Do During a Dental Emergency?dental emergency

William Schlesinger, DDS on the Upper East Side, NY encourages our patients to read this article and get a few good tips to use whenever a dental emergency strikes. As a dentist in Upper East Side, NY, he offers emergency dental care and treatment, but wants our patients to realize that they can take steps that improve the outcomes or increase the chance of a more favorable result.

Essentially, a dental emergency boils down to just a few things: pain, loss of a tooth, breaking a tooth or restoration, swelling and/or infection, or serious injury to the teeth and soft tissue.

For most of our patients, a dental emergency is going to involve something like a broken, dislodged or damaged tooth/filling/restoration. These are issues that can easily cause you to panic because they are painful, they may cause bleeding, and because no one can easily remain all that calm if a tooth or crown has just been knocked out.

Let’s consider this sort of dental emergency through several perspectives. The first has to be the most serious, which is when you have suffered an injury that has caused damage to one or more teeth and the soft tissue of the mouth and face. This is not a time to wait, and you should seek professional, emergency care, such as that available from the emergency room of a hospital. Have someone call our office immediately, and alert us to the matter, and we will follow up on the emergency to provide the ideal dental care.

If it is a single tooth that has been knocked out or dislodged, there are a few ways to respond. The first is to make sure there is no other damage, and then see if you can find the tooth. If it is not out but knocked loose, don’t touch it or try to manipulate it. Just gently rinse the mouth and put a cold compress to the face, and head to our office. If the tooth is out, and you find it, rinse it gently (holding it by the crown) and then put it in a glass of milk before heading in for treatment.

If a tooth or restoration breaks or is knocked out, don’t press on the remaining tooth. Instead, do the same as above, rinsing gently, using a cold compress to reduce pain and swelling, and heading to our office as soon as you can.

If you have serious pain and swelling, call us as soon as you notice it, and use pain relievers and a cold compress to try to control the swelling until we can get you into the dentist’s care.

Contact Us For Dental Emergencies

If you have additional questions about dental emergency treatment, or about any of the other treatments mentioned here, give us a call at our Upper East Side, NY office at 212-517-4660. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.