Your teeth may be tough, but they're not indestructible. Habits that may seem harmless - like chewing on ice - can damage your smile and lead to extensive dental work. Keep your dentist happy by f ...View Article
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Dental emergencies can happen when you least expect them. Dr. Brisman is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week so his Greenwich Village, NY, patients can find the care and relief they need for lots of emergency and urgent care situations.
Lots of conditions constitute emergencies, including:
broken or lost crowns
pain from abscesses, swollen gums or infections
While some cases require immediate treatment after hours, others such as pain may be able to be treated with prescription painkillers until office hours resume the next day.
If you crack a tooth, rinse your mouth with warm water to clean the area and place cold compresses on your cheek over the area. Call Dr. Brisman's office right away for an appointment or further instructions.
If an adult (permanent) tooth is knocked out, try replacing it gently in the socket without touching the root. If you can't, keep it moist between your cheek and gum or in milk, and call the dentist immediately. If you're away from home, visit an emergency room for immediate care so the tooth has the best chance of being successfully “replanted.”
No; no matter when your emergency occurs – even in the middle of the night – you can call our office 24 hours a day, seven days a week to get the treatment you need in a hurry.
Protect your teeth with regular brushing, flossing and regular dental visits, and avoid potentially harmful activities like:
using your teeth to open packages or cut things;
wear a mouth guard when playing sports'
don't chew hard candies, ice, hard candy or popcorn kernels, all of which can crack teeth;
avoid super-sticky candies that can create suction to loosen fillings.