Emergency Dentistry

Teeth by Keith: Keith Marshall, DDS

General Dentistry & Preventive Dentistry Specialist located in Gramercy, New York, NY

Knocked-out teeth, a mouth wound, or a cracked tooth should all have you headed to an emergency dentist right away. At Teeth by Keith: Keith Marshall, DDS in Gramercy Park, Manhattan, Dr. Marshall and the dental experts are ready to serve the emergency dental needs of your entire family on the same day as the incident. Call the New York City office at the first sign of a dental emergency. You can also use the convenient online booking system to schedule your appointment.

Emergency Dentistry Q & A

What is emergency dental care?

An emergency dentist addresses any dental problem that requires immediate treatment to stop ongoing tissue bleeding, alleviate severe pain, or save a tooth. Emergency dental situations usually involve saving knocked-out or broken teeth. 

Coming into Teeth by Keith: Keith Marshall, DDS within half an hour of your mouth or tooth injury gives you the best chance to save your tooth.

Are you in need of emergency dental care?

It's a good idea to seek immediate emergency dental care whenever you or a family member are suffering from a severe oral injury or other excruciating condition. These types of situations are generally considered dental emergencies:

  • Knocked-out teeth
  • A loose permanent tooth
  • Extreme mouth or tooth pain
  • Bleeding inside your mouth from your tongue, gums, or cheeks
  • An injury to your face or mouth
  • Swelling in your mouth, gums, or tongue
  • A severely cracked or broken tooth
  • A tear or laceration on your lips

If a tooth is slightly chipped and doesn't hurt, though, you might not be dealing with a dental emergency. Even so, it’s a good idea to contact one of the experienced dentists at Teeth by Keith: Keith Marshall, DDS so they can tell you how to handle your tooth until you can get to the office.

How should I handle a knocked-out tooth?

Quick action is imperative for a dental emergency like a knocked-out tooth. If you don't seek dental care right away, there's a good chance you'll lose the tooth for good. 

Promptly clean your mouth and the injured tooth, especially if it's fallen out and gotten dirty. Rinse your mouth and tooth with warm water, being careful not to touch the tooth by the roots.

Gently handle the tooth by the crown (top) as you rinse it. If you can, hold the cleaned tooth by the crown and reinsert it into the empty socket. Close your mouth and bite down gently on the tooth, if you can. 

It might help to bite down on a soft piece of gauze until you can visit Teeth by Keith: Keith Marshall, DDS. Call the office right away. Or, have a family member or friend call to let our staff know you're on your way.

What should you do if you can't put the tooth back in your mouth? The goal is to keep the tooth moist at all times. Put it in a cup of milk or in your mouth next to your cheek to help preserve it until you arrive at the dental office. 

Don't let a broken tooth prevent you from enjoying your smile. Call Teeth by Keith: Keith Marshall, DDS for expert assistance in the event of a dental emergency.