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Common Dental Problems & Emergency Info

Dental Emergencies And How To Handle Them

closeup of a dental x-rayAt Passes Dental Care in Great Neck, NY, Dr. Harvey Passes and our dental team know how scary a dental emergency can be, but we are here to help! Accidents happen at any time, but knowing exactly what you should do in the case of a dental emergency is crucial to the overall well-being of your jaw and your teeth. Ignoring any pain or discomfort can lead to worse problems down the road, including dangerous infections spreading, or possible nerve damage!

When To Call Your Great Neck, New York Cosmetic Dentistry Expert

As a general rule of thumb, if you are experiencing any mouth or tooth pain whatsoever, consider it a dental emergency! Even the smallest of injuries can affect the living tissues inside your teeth and gums. Any obvious damage to your teeth, such as a chip or a crack, should also be considered an emergency. The same rule is true of a lost filling or crown! Even if you don’t have any symptoms, a tooth with a lost filling or crown has lost its support, and could easily become damaged. Pieces could break off or crumble, and you would need even more extensive dental treatment. Your expert dental team at Passes Dental Care can ensure that your dental injury will be treated rapidly, providing preventative care so your smile stays healthy and beautiful for years to come!

World-Class Dental Emergency Treatments In New York

With years of in-depth dental emergency experience and world-class dental technology, our team at Passes Dental Care have a plethora of options when treating dental injuries. With technologically advanced methods of pain management and ways to restore your teeth, you can rest assured you’ll receive the high-quality treatment you deserve. Your teeth can be repaired with synthetic materials that are strong and look as good as your natural teeth. Your Great Neck, NY dental team has the training and advanced knowledge to identify the root of your problem and find an accurate solution, guaranteeing an immediate reduction in pain in just a few minutes of your treatment!

Common Types Of Dental Emergencies & What To Do


woman experiencing a toothacheBegin by cleaning around the sore tooth meticulously. Using warm salt water, rinse the mouth to displace any food trapped between teeth. Under no circumstances should you use aspirin on the aching tooth or on the gum! In the event of facial swelling, apply a cold compress to the area. For temporary pain relief, acetaminophen is recommended. Please contact us for an appointment if the pain persists more than a day.

Cut/Bitten Tongue, Lip, or Cheek

Ice can be applied to any bruised areas. For bleeding, apply firm (but gentle) pressure with sterile gauze or a clean cloth. If the bleeding does not stop with pressure or continues after 15 minutes, go to an emergency room!

Broken Tooth

Rinse the area with warm water. Put a cold compress over the facial area of the injury. Recover any broken tooth fragments. Call us to get in for a dental examination!

Knocked Out Permanent Tooth

Recover the tooth, making sure to hold it by the crown (top) and not the root. Rinse, but do not clean or handle the tooth more than necessary. Reinsert the tooth in the socket, and hold it in place using a clean piece of gauze or cloth. If the tooth cannot be reinserted, carry it in a cup containing milk or water. Because time is essential, see Passes Dental Care immediately.

Possible Broken Jaw

In the event of a jaw injury, tie the mouth closed with a towel, tie, or handkerchief. Go to the closest emergency room immediately.

Bleeding After a Baby Tooth Falls Out

young child experiencing toothacheFold a piece of gauze and place it (tightly) over the bleeding area. Bite down on the gauze for 15 minutes. If bleeding continues, see us Passes Dental Care.

Cold or Canker Sores

Over-the-counter medications will usually provide temporary relief. If sores persist, come see our expert staff at Passes Dental Care.

Contact Passes Dental Care In Great Neck, NY For All Of Your Dental Emergencies!

Any injury to your teeth or your gums should not ever be ignored! Nerves or blood vessels could be severely damaged, and there could also be a serious risk of infection. It is very important to always seek treatment at Passes Dental Care in Great Neck, NY right away for any dental injury you may have, regardless of how small you think it is.

Getting injured teeth repaired and treated as soon as possible is the best thing you could do for your overall oral health! If you live in the Great Neck, Manhasset, or Roslyn, NY areas and are experiencing any tooth pain or discomfort, give us a call immediately to begin your treatment as soon as possible!

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