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Emergency Dentist – Gramercy Park, NY

Quickly & Painlessly Restoring Smiles

man holding cheek and jaw in painAre you or a loved one experiencing a dental emergency? These instances can happen in the space between one moment and the next, and often when it’s most inconvenient to boot. Pick up the phone right now and contact Dr. Newman here at Gramercy Dental Studio! We do everything we can to see emergency cases as soon as possible and give you the relief and skilled support you need most during this trying time. 

How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies

Our practice is dedicated to helping you maintain and protect your oral health, and natural, state-of-the-art services like ozone dentistry and air abrasion that can prevent many problems before they get the chance to begin.

Severe Toothache

Woman in pain holding cheekIf you’re experiencing a toothache, brush and floss around the tooth to ensure there is nothing stuck, causing discomfort. You should take over the counter pain relievers as necessary to reduce discomfort. Use ice packs or cold compresses to relieve pain, prevent swelling, and slow bleeding. If you don’t have any open wounds in the soft tissue, you can also use topical pain relievers to keep the area free from pain. Whenever possible, avoid eating until after you visit our office. If you do need to eat a meal, try to avoid chewing with the damaged part of the smile. You should also take care to be extra gentle around the damaged tooth or teeth when brushing and flossing.

Broken or Partially Dislodged Tooth

If you have a broken or partially dislodged tooth, carefully examine the damaged area. If there is bleeding, bite down on gauze or clean cloth to absorb and slow any blood flow. If you’re in pain, follow the directions above for toothache. Whenever possible, avoid eating until after you visit our office. If you do need to eat a meal, try to avoid chewing with the damaged part of the smile. You should also take care to be extra gentle around the damaged tooth or teeth when brushing and flossing.

Lost Filling or Crown

Man in pain holding cheekIf a filling falls out, follow the instructions above for broken teeth. If a temporary or permanent dental crown comes out, try to replace it over your damaged tooth. If you can’t replace the crown, store it in a container to bring with you to the dental office. Then, follow the directions above for broken teeth. Whenever possible, avoid eating until after you visit our office. If you do need to eat a meal, try to avoid chewing with the damaged part of the smile. You should also take care to be extra gentle around the damaged tooth or teeth when brushing and flossing.

Lost Tooth

If you lose a tooth, try to replace it in the vacated socket. Then, bite down on gauze or a clean cloth to hold the tooth in place. If you can’t replace the tooth, store it in a container of milk or water until you reach our office. You should still bite down on gauze or clean cloth to absorb blood flow. Follow the directions for toothache above to handle pain until you reach our office. Whenever possible, avoid eating until after you visit our office. If you do need to eat a meal, try to avoid chewing with the damaged part of the smile. You should also take care to be extra gentle around the damaged tooth or teeth when brushing and flossing.

Object Stuck Between Teeth

Woman receiving dental treatmentIf you have an object stuck between your teeth, carefully floss around the item and brush teeth in an attempt to dislodge it. Don’t use sharp tools to remove stuck items as this may damage your soft tissue. For pain, follow the directions above for toothache. Whenever possible, avoid eating until after you visit our office. If you do need to eat a meal, try to avoid chewing with the damaged part of the smile. You should also take care to be extra gentle around the damaged tooth or teeth when brushing and flossing. 

Soft Tissue Injury

If you have a soft tissue injury, apply pressure using gauze or a cloth to slow bleeding. You can also apply a cold compress to stop blood flow, prevent swelling, and keep you safe and comfortable. If the damaged tissue doesn’t stop bleeding, you may need to visit your local emergency room.

Jaw Injury

Smiling man in dental chairIf you’ve experienced facial trauma or injury that as impacted your jaw, you will likely need to visit your local emergency room to ensure your safe and complete recovery. Call our team as well as visiting the emergency room, and we’ll partner with you to repair any dental damage that cooccurred with your jaw injury.

How to Prevent Dental Emergencies

Not all dental emergencies can be avoided, but you can alter some of your habits to reduce your risk for oral health concerns. Some changes you can make to avoid dental emergencies include:

  • Brush teeth for two minutes at a time at least twice a day
  • Floss teeth daily, taking special care to clean both sides of each tooth to the gum line
  • Visit our dental office twice a year for preventive dentistry checkups and teeth cleanings
  • Wear protective mouthguards for teeth grinding and clenching and during athletic events
  • Avoid habits like biting fingernails, opening packages with teeth, or chewing ice

The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies

The cost of treatment for every dental emergency will vary, and one of our team members will carefully explain every step of the treatment process, including cost when you visit us during an emergency. We will also be happy to process your dental insurance claims to help offset the out of pocket costs of your treatment.

Dental Emergency Frequently Asked Questions

man looking in mirror at teeth

If you’re facing a dental emergency, you probably have questions. Not to worry. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of frequently asked questions about dental emergencies to help you get back to your life more quickly and easily. If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, don’t hesitate to contact our Gramercy Park office.

What If My Child Knocks Out a Baby Tooth?

If an adult loses a tooth, you should try to reattach it if you can. However, do NOT do this for a primary tooth. A baby tooth should not be replanted. It could cause damage while the underlying adult tooth is still developing.

What’s the Best Way to Deal with Swelling?

Noticeable swelling in your mouth is typically a sign of infection. If your swelling is causing you to have a hard time breathing or difficulty seeing out of your eye, you need to see the emergency dentist in Gramercy Park right away. He may place you on antibiotics. In the meantime, do not apply anything hot to the area. Instead, place a cold compress to the outside of the mouth. That will cut down on swelling until you can see Dr. Newman.  

Are Dental X-Rays Safe?

X-rays are a perfectly safe and normal part of a visit to the dentist’s office. They only have a very small risk, because the levels of radiation are kept so low. Still, they are necessary after a dental emergency so that Dr. Newman can see what’s wrong and come up with a plan to treat you. High-speed films are used to keep your exposure to radiation to an absolute minimum.

Do Root Canals Hurt?

If your tooth is chipped to the point where the nerves are exposed, or if your tooth has fallen out and needs to be reattached, Dr. Newman may recommend a root canal. This is where the nerve of a tooth is removed and replaced with synthetic material. Root canals have a reputation of being scary and painful, but thanks to modern dentistry, there is nothing to be afraid of. Before the procedure begins, Dr. Newman will make sure you are nice and numb, so you don’t feel a thing. In addition, sedation is available for our more anxious patients to calm their nerves.

Should I Be Concerned If My Teeth Are Sensitive to Hot and Cold?

Sensitive teeth are usually a sign that the enamel, or the outside layer of the teeth, is eroding. While this is a normal part of the aging process, sensitive teeth may mean other problems are afoot. It might mean that your gums are receding, a symptom of gum disease that needs treatment right away. If your sensitivity is concentrated to one tooth, it may be a sign that decay has spread to the nerve of that tooth. Root canal therapy might be the only option. However, as discussed above, you have nothing to fear about root canals.