Dental Emergencies

As a healthcare professional, Dr. Schwartz believes an important part of his job is to be available for emergencies. Whether it’s severe pain, a chipped tooth or a loose crown, we can squeeze you into our schedule or come back to the office if deemed necessary.

If you are experiencing a dental emergency, please call us at (212) 679 – 0808

Here are some tips that can help avoid pain or the loss of a tooth in the case of an emergency.

Toothaches

Toothaches can be due to several different reasons, ranging from a piece of apple skin caught between the teeth to an infection of the tooth or gum. Try the following to relieve pain:

  • Rinse your mouth with warm water to clean it out.
  • Gently use dental floss around the tooth to ensure that there is no food or other debris caught between the teeth.
  • Take an over-the-counter pain killer.
  • If the pain persists, schedule an appointment with us.

Broken or Knocked out Teeth

Damaged teeth should be taken care of immediately to avoid severe pain and loss of the tooth. Before you can make it out to us:

  • Rinse your mouth gently to clean the area.
  • Do not scrub or remove any attached tissue or fragments.
  • Use cold compresses to keep any swelling down.
  • In the case of a knocked out teeth, try to hold the tooth in it’s socket, otherwise place the tooth in a cup of milk and come see us immediately.

Lost Filling

As a temporary measure, stick a piece of sugarless gum into the cavity (sugar-filled gum will cause pain). You can also fill it with DenTemp or Tempanol, which are over-the-counter dental products to use in case of emergency. Make sure to see us as soon as possible.

Loose Crown

Set up an appointment as soon as possible and bring the crown with you. If possible, try to slip the crown back over the tooth by:

  • Applying clove oil on the exposed area.
  • Then coat the inner surface of the crown with over-the-counter dental cement, toothpaste or dental adhesive. Do not use super-glue.
  • Slip the crown back over the tooth.

Possible Broken Jaw

A hard blow resulting in a broken or dislocated jaw is a medical emergency and requires immediate attention. Visit a hospital emergency room right away.