Helma Philips, DDS
Aesthetic, Restorative & Implant Dentistry in Midtown NYC

Am I having a dental emergency?

There is nothing normal about tooth pain. There's no reason to stick it out or wait, as it will likely only get worse. It’s best to err on the side of caution. We recommend you contact Dr. Helma Philips at the first sign of trouble.

What Is a Dental Emergency?

A dental emergency is any situation that requires immediate dental care in order to avoid further damage to the teeth, gums, or jaw. Common dental emergencies include:

  • A tooth that has been knocked out
  • Broken tooth
  • Fractured tooth
  • Cracked tooth
  • Infection and swelling
  • Damaged fillings
  • Damaged crowns
  • Damaged veneers
  • Damaged bridges
  • Damaged dentures
  • Lost fillings
  • Lost crowns
  • Lost veneers
  • Lost bridges
  • Accidental or sports-related trauma

If your tooth is knocked out, keep it in a cup of water until your emergency dental appointment. The water will keep the tooth viable, and your dentist may be able to reset it.

For broken restorations, such as a crown or bridge, keeping the area clean until you see the dentist is crucial to preventing infection.

Whenever there is an injury or trauma outside of your teeth or gums, it is recommended you visit the nearest emergency room for treatment.

Toothache in Midtown NYC

At the first sign of changes in your oral health, we encourage you to contact us at (212) 644-0004. When combined with the proper treatment, fast action can make the difference between keeping and losing a tooth.


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