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Bronx, NY 10465

What to Do in a Dental Emergency

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If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, it’s easy to panic. But keeping a solid head on your shoulders could mean the difference between saving and losing your tooth. We’ll show you what to do if you find yourself in the middle of a dental emergency.

First, here are some helpful questions to help you determine if you’re experiencing a dental emergency.

  • Did you lose a permanent tooth?
  • Are you in severe pain or discomfort?
  • Is your mouth swelling massively?
  • Are you bleeding from your mouth?

If you’ve answered “yes” to any of those, chances are you’re having a dental emergency.

The bottom line is to call your dentist as soon as you can so they can examine you. But in the meantime, here are some tips.


  • If your tooth has been knocked out, carefully pick up the tooth without touching the root. Store the tooth in a cup of milk or in your cheek, making sure it doesn’t dry out. If the tooth dries out it will not be able to be reattached in your mouth.
  • If your tooth has been fractured or cracked, apply ice packs to your face to reduce swelling and call your dentist immediately. Take over-the-counter pain medication if you are in discomfort.
  • If you have an infection or are experiencing severe pain, go to the emergency room immediately. Call your dentist from the emergency room to update them and make an appointment. Your emergency room doctor will be able to tell you what to do next.
  • If you have a loose tooth or a loose temporary crown, you are not experiencing an emergency. But be careful not to bite down too hard and dislodge the tooth or crown completely. Call your dentist and schedule an appointment in the next few days.


  • Panic
  • Try to fix the problem yourself
  • Refuse to seek medical attention
  • Think it’ll go away on its own (it won’t!)

If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, give us a call at (718) 509-9152 to speak with our helpful team. We’ll help you get the care you need.

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