Dental Emergency FAQs
Our emergency call line is available 24 hours a day every day.
Manhattan Dental Arts can schedule an emergency dentist appointment sometimes on the same day at their office located on the Upper West Side. Our dental specialists have provided answers to frequently asked questions about emergency dental in order to help patients determine if their situation requires immediate care. If you have more questions or have a dental emergency, call our dental office today!
A dental emergency is any situation that requires immediate dental attention. Common dental emergencies include a cracked or broken tooth, jaw pain, knocked out tooth, and/or loose filling or temporary crown, all of which can cause severe throbbing or sharp pain, excessive bleeding, or acute swelling. If you feel that you are having a dental emergency or have questions for our staff, please call us at (212) 247-2330. We aim to prioritize dental emergencies and to schedule same day or next day appointments
At Manhattan Dental Arts we aim to prioritize emergency appointments for our new and current patients. Our emergency call line is available 24 hours a day every day. You can call our office number (212) 247-2330 and our calling service will redirect your call to our on-call dentist or staff member who will be able to assist you. We always try our best to appoint same or next day dental appointments for patients with emergencies.
When a tooth is lost, the best option is to place the tooth inside your mouth in the vestibule of your cheek and come straight to the dental office. If you are unable to make it to the office immediately after tooth exfoliation, you can also place the tooth in milk. Call the office at (212) 247-2330 to schedule an appointment immediately.
If you lose a crown/cap or porcelain restoration, avoid swallowing it and bring the restoration to your appointment so that we can evaluate the prognosis of the remaining tooth and crown. If the crown and the tooth are intact, we may be able to recement it back on.
If you chip a tooth, please call the office at (212) 247-2330 for a consultation with one of our dental providers so that we can assess how to best treat the condition. Chipped or broken teeth may require a restoration such as a filling or crown, or potentially may need an extraction. Leaving a chipped tooth untreated could cause further propagation of the issue, infection, or pain.
If the cavity is causing acute or severe pain which limits the patient’s quality of life then this would be considered a dental emergency. Cavities or decay on a tooth can also cause non-emergent symptoms such as cold sensitivity or pain sensation to sweets. Please call our office to schedule your routine recall visit to chat with your hygienist and dentist so that you can discuss options to treat current cavities and prevent future decay. Leaving cavities untreated allow them to grow larger and closer to the canal of the tooth which would render it harder to treat. Untreated cavities can also cause infection and/or bone loss.
If the abscessed tooth is causing acute pain for the patient that limits the quality of life, then this would be considered a dental emergency. Abscessed teeth can cause severe pain or swelling depending on the severity of the infection.. Please call the office at (212) 247-2330 so we can evaluate the issue and/or get the patient on an antibiotic to help to alleviate the pain. Leaving the abscess untreated can cause systemic infection, severe pain, and bone loss.
Tooth abscesses are the most common reason for emergency room visits, but this does not mean that it is the best option. Please avoid going to the emergency room for dental emergencies to allow for better processing of actual medical emergencies. Hospitals are not always equipped to handle mass amounts of dental emergencies due to fewer dental professionals on staff. Calling our office or emergency line will put you in touch with a staff member at MDA immediately so that we can assess and treat your ailment.
At Manhattan Dental Arts, we recommend routine dental visits every six months. We take X-rays once a year for early cavity detection, to monitor bone health, and to assess for oral pathology contained within the bone. At these routine dental visits, our providers complete an oral cancer screening and periodontal evaluation to ensure optimal health of the gums and bone.
Our providers formulate customized oral health care instructions for each patient on how to best maintain their oral health condition and to diminish their chief dental complaint. By following these guidelines, you can best avoid future dental emergencies which could cause discomfort or pain.
In order to properly assess the situation at hand, please call ahead at (212) 247-2330 for an appointment. Walk-ins, however, are always welcome. We will do our best to accommodate the patient with same day treatment if the schedule allows.
The five most common dental emergencies are as follows:
- Broken or cracked teeth
- Jaw pain from infection or grinding/clenching
- Knocked-out tooth or restoration
- Toothache, pain, or severe swelling
- Loose/missing filling or permanent/temporary crown