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If you are looking for an emergency dentist on the upper east side then we are here to help. We offer emergency dentist appointments for patients experiencing dental emergencies. We treat broken teeth, chipped teeth, cracked teeth and dental abscesses and jaw pain. If you are looking for an emergency dentist on the Upper East Side then call us on (212) 517-5940 or make an appointment using the scheduler.




Any dental emergency requires urgent care and the need to see an emergency dentist. If you are experiencing a dental emergency and are experiencing any of the symptoms listed here then you should call an emergency dentist immediately. If these symptoms are not treated then they will get worse and will probably cause severe pain or infection. If you do not have insurance it will also be more expensive to treat. 


If you are experiencing any of  the following then it's a dental emergency: 


There may be a dull feeling like toothache or sensitivity

You may have gum swelling

You may have continuous bleeding

You may have severe toothache or jaw pain


Types of Dental Emergencies


Types of Dental Emergencies


Dental emergencies can range from slightly bad to very bad. It can be anything from chipped or cracked teeth to swelling due to abscess. These are some of the common dental emergencies that we see: 


Dental abscess with severe gum infection and swollen gums

Cracked, chipped or knocked out teeth due to traumatic injury

Severe toothache

Severe jaw pain

Broken crowns or lost fillings.

Broken off veneers, onlays or broken dental bridges


What are dental abscesses? 


A dental abscess is extremely common in the US. 


The dental abscess develops when there is a formation of pus either in the gums or at the base of the tooth. This happens due to advanced tooth decay, the failure of an existing root canal treatment or an injury to the tooth like a cracked tooth.


What are the signs of a dental abscess

Dental abscess are pockets of pus that surrounds the infected area . There can be a feeling of intense pain in that area beside the affected tooth or gum. Sometimes the pain can be intense and may be worse if a person is lying on their side. There is often a feeling that the pain can be  traveling and can be felt in the neck or the year. Patients may experience other signs of a dental abscess  and may experience a bad taste in their mouth or a bad smell.  They may also have bad breath, sensitivity to chewing or pressure in the area as well swelling around the tooth or gum.

If you have a  dental abscess it will require an emergency dentist visit. There are certain risks if you have a dental abscess such as increasing pain, the possibility of infecting neighboring and and the inability to sleep due to pain. 

If you have a dental abscess it is important to get immediate treatment. When you visit the dentist he will drain the abscess to reduce swelling and then prescribe antibiotics that will clear the infection. Contrary to popular belief this is a painless process and actually relieves pain.  The dentist will probably send you home and insist that you wash your mouth with hot salty water to draw the pus out of the infected area. In extreme cases an emergency dental extraction will be required or dentist may need to perform a root canal procedure.


Dental abscesses are just one type of dental infection that may occur.  Other infections can develop over time and can become a dental emergency if they are left untreated. Patients that have advanced gum disease such as gingivitis or periodontitis are at risk of an infection that can turn into an emergency. If the infection is treated quickly it can cause the patient's teeth to become loose and will affect the bone overtime. This is as a result of untreated gum disease.

Traumatic dental injuries


Patients that have traumatic dental injuries can experience a wide range of symptoms from mild to severe. This can include cracked teeth, chipped teeth, avulsed teeth or injuries that require surgery such as cut gums or a bloody lip.

Patients that may have bitten their tongue will very rarely require surgery.  Your  tongue can heal on its own and there is not much that can be done to improve your condition until it heals naturally.. If you were bleeding profusely or your fit off a piece of your tongue then it will require you to go to the hospital.

Knocked out teeth


Traumatic dental injuries should always be treated by a dental professional

Teenagers and children are usually more likely to experience traumatic injuries due to the fact their bone is not as strong as an adults. Also the fact that they involve themselves in physical activity can often cause these injuries such as a knocked out or broken tooth. 

If you have knocked out your tooth you are best to pick up your tooth and place it in a cup of saliva . You must then make your way to the dentist as quick as soon as possible. An adult tooth has a higher chance of being replaced and healing if it is replaced within the hour. However children's teeth have least chance. A better way to prevent such injuries is to make your child wear a custom sports cards in order to prevent such injuries. If  your child does experience such injuries they should rinse them with warm salty water and then apply a cold compress to the affected area. They  should not use a toothbrush or anything else to clean the area  as it may aggravate the condition

Broken chipped or cracked teeth

There  are many ways that individuals can  crack or chip their teeth. This can happen from slips and falls, trips or from sports related injuries. You can also break your teeth from eating hard candy, hard foods or opening items or bottles with your teeth.




There are a whole myriad of reasons that could be regarded as a “dental” emergency that should not be ignored or left untreated just like any other extreme medical situation, so it is important to act on it immediately. What is just as important is to contact a highly recommended health professional as soon as possible. In the case of a dental emergency, our practice  is committed to providing the very best short term and long term care in a respectful and considerate manner and approach toward the patient. He will begin the first part of the treatment by giving a consultation to best evaluate how to proceed not only for the doctor but mainly for the patient, so that the patient and doctor are confident and comfortable with the course of treatment to follow.

We treat all types of dental emergencies and the chances are that there is no 'emergency dentist' situation that we have never see before. We treat the following: 

  • Toothache and jaw ache
  • Abscesses
  • Accidents
  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Swollen gums
  • Dental trauma
  • Accidents
  • Broken or lost crowns
  • Root canals
  • Infections and inflammation
  • Veneer, bridge, and crown re-cements
  • Tooth extractions
  • Cavities
  • Broken or lost teeth

If you are having a dental emergency or any of the above and need to see an emergency dentist on the Upper East side then call us right away on 212) 517-5940 and we will arrange for you to see the emergency dentist as soon as possible. If you have an avulsed ( knocked out ) tooth then it is important to come and see the emergency dentist as soon as possible.



Inflammation of the gums (in general) and around the wisdom teeth or tooth
All bleeding and or swelling
Broken teeth, knocked out teeth
Infections such as abscesses (surrounding the tooth or teeth)
Infection(s) after a tooth has been broken or removed
Emergency tooth (teeth) abstractions
Fitting of dentures and care of existing dentures
Relief of tooth (toothache) pain
Root canals,
Wisdom teeth extractions, and so on



Say, for example, your tooth was knocked out, this  would qualify as an emergency. It is important to make sure that you get to the dentist within 30 minutes, why? Because it will make all the difference between losing and or saving your tooth. For the best chance of your tooth surviving the trauma is if the dentist is able to replant it within a 15 minutes to an hour. In order to be able to do this is in the care and handling of the tooth:

Do not touch the root (the part below the gum), but by the crown (top of the tooth) to prevent cell damage that will aid in reattachment of the bone.
Pick up the top of the tooth (crown) or fragments of the tooth and gently rinse with cold water to remove any dirt
Be make sure not to let the crown or fragments dry out.
Place in a sterilized or clean container, after which it should be covered in milk or even saliva before your visit.
After the bleeding has finally stopped, a cold gauze-like compress should be applied to reduce the swelling and left on for at least 10 minutes.
If at all possible, place the tooth back in the socket, otherwise follow the aforementioned steps. 

Lost crowns or fillings. To temporarily relieve the pain until you get to see the dentist, you can use over-the-counter applications such as clove oil being one of them, plus placing an ice pack over the are on your face to also help alleviate the swelling and pain. However, your dentist is your go-to-person.





For fillings. Make sure you put the filling in a safe place (if found), then fill the hole with an over-the-counter tooth wax from your pharmacy (never at home adhesives or remedies).

Lost crowns. Before you are able to see the dentist, you can temporarily replace the crown by following these steps:
Gently clean the inside of the crown to remove any dirt or debris.
When placing the crown back in, apply a dental adhesive such as toothpaste or dental cement just before placement of the tooth for its protection protection.

Lost tooth or teeth. Can be replaced or reset using dental implants, possibly in a same-day procedure. In other cases may only require a few office visits. Depending on the seriousness of the emergency.

For swollen and or sore gums. Commonly caused by an infection resulting from gum disease or plaque, or even as a reaction to food that was lodged between the teeth, hence, flossing being and important part of your daily regimen. However, in the case of constant gum bleeding, and until you get to see the dentist, swill (rinse) the affected area with warm salt water at the same time, gently floss to remove any remaining debris.

One area that would constitute a serious dental emergency. One that the dentist can evaluate and make recommendations for “immediate” follow-up is if you have a spot or pimple on the gum or tongue that will not go away; the dentist will recommend following up for further evaluation and care to determine if it is (in the worst case scenario) cancerous (or not), but it will need immediate attention either way and should not be ignored.

For all you dental needs and emergencies and for expert emergency dental care, we are here to help and put you on the road to recovery. 







We provide  emergency care for urgent dental treatment, including tooth extraction. However, dentists attempt to preserve natural oral structures through treatment such as root canal treatment, to rid the tooth roots of infection and restore existing teeth damaged by infection.

In the event that the infection persists, even with tooth restorations, dental extraction may be an option to remove the threat of future infection, which may otherwise lead to future bone loss

Get in touch today to learn more about the emergency treatment options and other cosmetic procedures that might be suitable for you.

If you have a dental emergency please call us on 212-517-5940 or make an appointment through the scheduler.



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