Dental Emergencies in Downtown Brooklyn NY
Broken Tooth, Facial Trauma Treatment
Anyone with a dental emergency can contact our office. Dr. Shah and Dr. Moses prioritize any dental emergencies and make sure the individual is seen as soon as possible. Our goal is to relieve your pain and resolve your dental crisis as quickly as possible with minimal impact on your routine.
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 to the mouth, but they also can be caused by infection. A professional should evaluate any dental emergency immediately to ensure the best possible outcome.
What are types of Dental Emergencies?
- Substantial Toothache
- Swollen Face and Gums
- Jaw Pain
- Broken, Cracked, and Chipped Teeth
- Broken Fillings
- Filling Fell Out
- Lost Crown
How Soon Can I Be Seen for a dental emergency?
We can usually see you the same day. For a dental emergency, it is best if you give us a call during our office hours at Downtown Dental Phone Number 718-576-3730. We can also be reached outside office hours by sending an email to [email protected]
How Do I Get Help in a Dental Emergency when the Dentist Office is Closed?
For severe dental emergencies after hours, such as significant infection, pain, trauma, or lost teeth, please contact Methodist Hospital – Dental department:
- Address: 506 6th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215
- Phone: (718) 780-5410
What Should I Do if a 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 we can save your tooth!
For baby teeth that are unexpectedly knocked out, leave them out and contact us immediately for instructions.
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How Do I Manage Tooth Pain at Home?
If you can’t get into our office immediately, here is a list of effective home remedies to make you more comfortable while you wait for care:
- Warm water rinses swished around the mouth.
- Over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen (NOT aspirin) if you are not allergic to these medications.
- Ice packs are applied to the outside of the 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.
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 listed conditions need immediate attention, whether or not pain is present. We are here to help.
We urge you to call us at the first sign of a dental emergency! Downtown Dental Phone Number 718-576-3730.
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Dental Emergency FAQs
Is a broken tooth okay if it doesn’t hurt?
Not necessarily. Often, a tooth breaks or is chipped without causing pain, but the break or crack can allow bacteria to invade the tooth or its root, leading to an infection. If the damage is very shallow, you may be able to wait, but a broken or chipped tooth is generally considered an emergency.
Is a knocked-out baby tooth a problem?
The primary, or baby, teeth are important for eating and speaking and as placeholders until the adult teeth are matured and ready to erupt. If your child knocks out a baby tooth, do not try to put it back into the socket, as this might damage the crown of the permanent tooth below the gums.
If your child has knocked out a baby tooth, save the tooth if possible so we can examine it. Apply pressure to the empty socket to stop the bleeding, and contact our office for an appointment. Unless there is substantial damage to the surrounding area, an emergency appointment may not be necessary. However, if you cannot stop the bleeding, your child is in significant pain, or there is damage to the surrounding area, an emergency visit is advised.
Can a general dentist treat dental emergencies?
Dr. Shah or Dr. Moses can treat most dental emergencies in our downtown Brooklyn office. Contact our office if your dental emergency includes a chipped, cracked, or broken tooth or if you have an infection or abscess.
If there is substantial facial or jaw damage or you are having difficulty breathing or moving your jaw, please go to the nearest emergency room.
Does insurance cover a dental emergency?
It depends. Although most dental insurance plans focus on preventive care and medically necessary treatments and restorations, some will cover part of an emergency visit. In addition, if your dental emergency is caused by an accident, your medical insurance may cover a portion of your emergency dentist visit. Please check with your insurance provider to determine your coverage limits.
Downtown Dental’s focus is always on providing the finest emergency care as quickly as possible. We can usually see you the same day. Alleviating your pain and saving your teeth is our priority. Call our office at Downtown Dental Phone Number 718-576-3730 if you have a dental emergency, and we will make every possible effort to see you immediately.