Emergency and After Office Hours:
If you are a current patient, and have a dental emergency after regular office hours, please call us at (212) 876-7408. For severe trauma or if we are not available, please call our Oral Surgery associates, SZL, Dr. Lustman, Dr. Zagari at212-861-7979
Toothache - Clean the area around the sore tooth thoroughly. Rinse the mouth vigorously with warm salt water or use dental floss to dislodge trapped food or 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 for an appointment as soon as possible.
Cut or 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 simple pressure, take your child to a hospital emergency room.
Knocked-Out (Avulsed) Tooth - A primary or baby is normally not replaced if it is lost prematurely by trauma. It is important to control any bleeding and make sure the child is comfortable and does not exhibit any other medical symptoms. Call the office to speak to one of the doctors about the incident. A permanent tooth should be found if at all possible. Handle the tooth by the top (crown), not the root. You may rinse the tooth, but DO NOT clean or handle the tooth unnecessarily. Try to reinsert it in its socket. Have the child hold the tooth in place by biting on a clean gauze or cloth. If you cannot reinsert the tooth, transport the tooth in a cup containing milk. See a dentist immediately! Time is a critical factor in saving the tooth.
Broken Tooth - Rinse dirt from the injured area with warm water. Place cold compresses over the face in the area of the injury. Locate and save any broken tooth fragments. Immediate dental attention may be necessary.
Broken Braces and Wires -If a broken appliance can be removed easily, take it out. If it cannot, cover the sharp or protruding portion with dental wax, cotton balls, gauze or chewing gum. If a wire is stuck in the gums, cheek, or tongue, DO NOT remove it. Take your child to the dentist immediately. Loose or broken appliances which do not bother the patient do not usually require emergency attention.