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Dental Emergencies

If you experience oral trauma or develop a severe toothache that doesn’t respond to at-home treatment, it’s important to seek emergency care. At his practice, experienced general and cosmetic dentist Daniel Wank, DDS, specializes in diagnosing and treating dental emergencies. Using safe and effective treatments, he can reduce the risk of complications and restore your beautiful smile. To make an appointment for dental emergencies, call the office on the Upper East Side, New York City, New York, or book online today.

Dental Emergencies Q & A

What are dental emergencies?

A dental emergency is an oral health problem that requires same-day care. If you chip or lose a permanent tooth, or bite down on your tongue and it won’t stop bleeding, it’s important to visit Dr. Wank promptly. The sooner you receive treatment, the sooner you can take steps to reduce the risk of infection and improve your oral symptoms.

What are some common dental emergencies?

Dr. Wank diagnoses and treats a variety of dental emergencies, including:

  • Chipped and cracked teeth
  • Knocked-out teeth
  • Damaged dental restorations
  • Damaged orthodontic appliances
  • Cuts that won’t stop bleeding
  • Oral abscesses
  • Objects lodged between the teeth

You may also benefit from emergency dentistry if you develop a toothache and it doesn’t respond to anti-inflammatory (such as medication or ice).

What should I do if I have a dental emergency?

If you have a dental emergency, please stay calm and act promptly. Dr. Wank shares some recommendations listed below based on three common situations:

Knocked out tooth

If you lose a permanent tooth, carefully pick it up and rinse it with tap water. Try to put the tooth back in its socket, but if it wobbles around, put it inside a glass of milk. Then, call Dr. Wank’s office right away.

Severe toothache

If you develop a severe toothache, Dr. Wank recommends taking anti-inflammatory medication and rinsing your mouth with warm saltwater. Then, call Dr. Wank’s office for further treatment. 

Dr. Wank always makes time for same-day appointments, allowing him to provide immediate care.

Damaged dental restoration

If you crack or chip a dental restoration, like a crown or a bridge, try to pick up all of the pieces. Then, put them inside a piece of foil or a plastic sandwich bag and call Dr. Wank’s office promptly. He can repair the damage with a temporary restoration and prevent further complications.

Can dental emergencies be prevented?

You can significantly reduce the risk of a dental emergency by practicing good oral hygiene. Dr. Wank recommends brushing your teeth twice daily, flossing regularly, and visiting the office every six months for an oral exam and professional teeth cleaning.

If you play contact sports or live an active lifestyle, it’s also important to protect your teeth and gums by wearing a mouthguard. It’s also important to avoid bad habits like nail-biting, opening packaging with your teeth, or chewing on pen caps.

To make an appointment for dental emergencies, call the office of Daniel Wank, DDS, in New York City, New York, or book online today.

Daniel Wank, DDS
✆ Phone (appointments): 607-300-6787
✆ Phone (general inquiries): 212-867-0345
Address: 115 E 61st Street, Floor 6, Upper East Side, New York, NY, 10065