Dental Emergencies in Midtown NYC

Post-Operative Instructions

If you’re dealing with a dental emergency, our team is here to help. During our regular office hours, immediate attention will be given to your situation and we will make arrangements to see you as soon as we can to ensure that you get the urgent dental care you need.

When our practice is closed, call our office and listen to the instructions provided. One of our team members will return your call as soon as possible. If you have a severe or life-threatening emergency, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room for treatment.

Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Emergencies

What is considered a dental emergency?

In general, a dental emergency is a situation in which you’re experiencing unbearable pain, uncontrolled bleeding, or you need immediate dental care in order to save a tooth. If you think you might be experiencing a dental emergency, please call our office and we can provide assistance. 

Is a toothache an emergency?

Some toothaches are dental emergencies, but not others. If your tooth only has intermittent pain that occurs when you eat hot, cold, or sweet foods, we’ll want to see you soon for an appointment, but same-day care is not necessary. If, on the other hand, your tooth has a constant, throbbing pain that interferes with your ability to eat, sleep, and participate in activities, it’s likely that you have an infected tooth or another serious dental issue. Call our office for an appointment.

Can a knocked out tooth be put back in?

Yes, a knocked out adult tooth can often be reinserted successfully, but acting quickly is key. Call our office so we can begin to prepare for your appointment. Next, hold the tooth by the crown (never touch the root) and rinse it gently with milk or water. For the best chances of saving your tooth, push it back into the socket and bite down on a piece of sterile gauze to hold it in place. If you can’t do this, put the tooth in a small cup of milk or saliva and bring it to our office. Once your tooth is back in the socket, we will use splints to stabilize it so your gums can reattach.

Is a dental abscess an emergency?

Yes, dental abscesses are considered emergency situations that need urgent treatment. Abscesses are a visible sign of an infected tooth and this infection can spread to surrounding soft tissues, bone, and even other parts of the body. If this were to happen, it could potentially be fatal.

When should I go to the ER for tooth pain?

We don’t advise going to the ER for tooth pain. Emergency rooms don’t have dentists on staff. While they can help with pain management and prescribe antibiotics if needed, they can’t provide you with the dental care you need, so you’ll still need to make an appointment to see us. It’s better to simply save yourself the hassle of going to the hospital and then the dentist – and go straight to the dentist instead.