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Dental Emergencies

If you have an emergency, please call us as early in the day as possible. If an emergency occurs when the office is closed, please call the emergency number left on our answering machine.

The emergency telephone number is 914-844-1173

Toothache: Clean the area around the sore tooth thoroughly. Carefully brush and floss the area and then rinse to dislodge trapped food and debris. DO NOT place aspirin on the gum or on the aching tooth. If face is swollen, apply a cold compress. Take acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain. Call our office to setup an appointment to see the doctor ASAP.

Cut of Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek: Apply ice to bruised areas. If there is bleeding, apply firm but gentle pressure with a clean gauze or cloth. If bleeding does not stop after 15 minutes or cannot be controlled by pressure, go to a hospital emergency room.

Knocked-Out Permanent Tooth: Find the tooth and rinse it gently in cool water. (Do not scrub or clean it with soap- use only water!) If possible, replace the tooth in socket immediately and hold it there with clean gauze or a wash cloth. If you can't put the tooth back in the socket, place the tooth in a clean container with cold milk, saliva or water. Get to the dental office immediately. (Call the emergency number if it's after hours.) The faster you act, the better your changes of saving the tooth.


Broken Tooth: Rinse dirt from injured area with warm water. Place cold compress over the face in the area of the injury. Locate and save any broken tooth fragments. Contact a dentist as soon as possible as immediate dental attention may be necessary.



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