The First Steps When Faced With A Dental Emergency

dental emergencyA dental emergency situation could cause discomfort, and over time, lead to serious complications like tooth decay or even tooth loss. Fortunately, your Astoria, NY, dentist has treatment options ready to address common dental emergencies. In today’s blog, we’re looking at how you should respond to these issues before seeing our team.

What If a Tooth is Damaged?

When you damage a tooth, even if a chip or crack seems very minor, there is still a chance that inner tooth structure could be exposed to bacteria, leading to eventual tooth decay or even infected teeth. When you damage a tooth, rinse your mouth with warm water and use a bit of gauze or cloth to stem any bleeding. You can take an over-the-counter pain reliever too, and use a cold compress against the side of the face to control any swelling. If a tooth is chipped or broken, try to recover any pieces and bring them to the office with you wrapped in tissue or in a small container. If a tooth is knocked-out completely, pick it up the crown, never touch the root, and place it in a glass of milk or salt water, and bring it with you to the office.


Often, persistent pain and sensitivity in a tooth is a warning sign that a serious oral health issue has developed. First, try to floss gently on either side of the aching tooth and rinse with water. If this fails to relieve pain, or remove anything lodged between the teeth, let us know so we can perform an exam, to either dislodge an object, or address the decay behind your toothache.

Loose or Missing Restorations

When a filling or crown comes loose or falls out completely, this could lead to exposed inner tissue and a higher risk of pain, tooth decay, and infection. See us as soon as possible, and try to avoid very hot or cold foods and drinks, and items high in sugar, as this could cause serious sensitivity in the now-exposed tooth.

Remember, the sooner you see us, the sooner we can offer repair to address these concerns and protect your smile. In fact, with our fillings and dental bonding/contouring procedures, we often address minor concerns in as little as one visit! If you have any questions about emergency dental care, then please contact our team today.

Do You Have Questions About Treating Emergency Situations?

Our team wants to help repair damaged teeth, and address oral health issues, that could lead to poor oral health. To learn more about repairing and restoring smiles, then schedule a consultation by calling Jeffrey Leibowitz, DDS, in Astoria, NY, today at 718-728-8320.