Charles M. Marks D.D.S and Dental Associates.

Conveniently located at 34th Street and 5th Avenue. Drs. Charles M. Marks and his associates offer Invisalign, cosmetic dental treatments and dental care for children, teens and adults.

212.279.1232

What to Do in a Dental Emergency

Toothache

No matter how careful you are or how many precautions you take, accidents sometimes happen. A dental emergency can be frightening, but you can get through one by knowing the proper steps to take for various situations. It’s also a good idea to keep the contact information for your dentist handy at all times just in case—program it into your phone or write it on an emergency contact list to keep in your wallet. Here’s what to do if you find yourself in a dental emergency:

Toothache or Severe Pain

It is quite possible that a toothache is one of the worst, if not the worst, type of pain a person can experience. A toothache can signify many different things, but one possibility is a dental abscess which can be quite serious if left untreated.

If you develop a sudden toothache, gently rinse your mouth with warm saltwater, try to brush and floss to remove anything that could be the source of the pain, and call your dentist for an appointment right away. You can take over the counter pain relievers, but never crush medication to apply directly to the tooth or gums as this does not provide relief and could damage your soft tissues.

Knocked Out Tooth

If you have a permanent tooth knocked out, the best thing you can do is to gently rinse it and try to place it back in the socket. If you cannot, place it in some milk or between your gums and cheek, and get to the dentist immediately. Never touch the root of the tooth, and do not allow the tooth to become dry.

Cracked, Chipped, or Broken Tooth

Keep the area as clean as possible by gently rinsing with warm water. You may need to use a cold compress on your face to minimize swelling. Go to the dentist immediately for treatment.

At the office of Dr. Charles Marks, we can handle any dental emergency in addition to providing general and cosmetic dental services. Check out our website or give us a call at (212) 279-1232.

 

347 5th Avenue Suite 1310
New York, NY 10016

Hours of Operation

  • Closed Sunday
  • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday
  • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Tuesday
  • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Wednesday
  • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Thursday
  • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Friday
  • Closed Saturday