Long Island Emergency Dentist
When you’re dealing with a dental emergency, our team is here to help. During our normal business hours, call our office and we will give your situation immediate attention. We’ll make arrangements to see you as soon as we can to get you the dental care you need.
If you have a dental emergency during a time when our practice is closed, give our office a call and listen to the recorded message. One of our team members will return your call as soon as possible. In case of a serious or life-threatening situation, please call 911 or go to your local emergency room for treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Emergencies
How do I get emergency dental care?
If you need emergency dental care, call our office right away. In many cases, we can see you for a same-day appointment.
What is considered a dental emergency?
Dental emergencies typically involve situations in which there is uncontrolled bleeding, unbearable pain, or you need immediate treatment in order to save a badly damaged or knocked out tooth. Other situations which may require urgent dental care include broken crowns or bridges and loose dental implants.
Is a dental abscess an emergency?
Yes, a dental abscess is considered a dental emergency. Not only are dental abscesses extremely painful, they are also dangerous—the infection from your tooth abscess can spread to the soft tissues and bone that support your tooth and it can even travel to other parts of the body, including the brain. When infection spreads, it has the potential to be fatal.
Do emergency dentist appointments cost more?
No, we do not charge extra for our emergency appointments.
Can I go to the hospital for a dental emergency?
If our office is closed, you may need to go to the hospital for a dental emergency, but keep in mind that hospitals do not have dentists on staff, so you’ll still need to come to our office to get the dental care you need. An emergency room doctor can prescribe antibiotics in case of an infection and help with pain management, but they cannot resolve the underlying dental issue.
Can a knocked out tooth be put back in?
Yes, knocked out teeth can be put back in, but in order for this to be successful, it needs to be done quickly. Call our office right away to make an appointment. When handling your tooth, never touch the root; rinse it gently with water and reinsert it into the socket, if you can. If this isn’t possible, put the tooth in a small cup of milk or saliva and bring it to our office. Once the tooth is reinserted, we will stabilize it with splints to help your gums reattach securely.
Why is my tooth throbbing?
A throbbing toothache is often a sign of infection, particularly if the pain is constant. While numbing gel, over-the-counter pain relievers, and cold compresses can provide temporary relief, the only remedy for this type of tooth pain is to get the dental treatment you need.