Compassionate Care when You Need It Most
Dental emergencies are stressful, but Dr. Robert Steinberger and the team at East Tremont Dental are available when you need us most. We provide gentle, compassionate care in the distressing event of a dental emergency. Our goal is to assess your needs and quickly relieve pain while restoring your teeth to optimal form, strength and function.
If you or a loved one experiences a dental emergency, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We will do our absolute best to provide same-day emergency care whenever possible.
Common Dental Emergencies
Chipped or Cracked Teeth: Teeth can crack or chip from a sports injury, motor vehicle accident, chronic grinding/clenching or simply chewing on a piece of hard candy or a popcorn kernel. Serious chips or fractures can be very painful and, left untreated, may damage the surrounding soft tissues of the mouth and cause other complications.
If you suffer a cracked or chipped tooth, rinse your mouth with warm water and apply a cold compress to your face to minimize any swelling.
How Dr. Steinberger treats a chipped or cracked tooth depends on the severity and location of the crack. He may repair tiny chips or cracks with filling material. But for larger cracks or chips, he might need to place a dental crown in order to restore optimal form and function to the tooth.
Knocked-Out Teeth: Depending on the circumstances of the accident, it may be possible to save a knocked-out or avulsed permanent tooth. Gently pick up the tooth without touching its root, and rinse it. If you can, insert the tooth into the socket; if that is not possible, place the tooth in between your cheek and gums, or in a small cup of milk. Schedule an appointment at our office as quickly as possible.
If we are not able to save your tooth, we can discuss your tooth replacement options. Dr. Steinberger can recreate the look and feel of a natural, healthy tooth with a dental bridge or a dental implant.
Dental Abscess: A dental abscess is an infection of the tooth’s pulp, or the soft tissue housed inside the tooth containing nerves and blood vessels. Abscesses can result from bacteria entering the tooth due to a bad crack or dental decay.
Abscesses tend to cause persistent toothaches, sensitivity to hot and cold, facial swelling and a pimple-like bump on the gums near the infection. Left untreated, the infection can spread to the jaw and other areas of the body.
Treating an abscess involves root canal therapy, in which Dr. Steinberger removes the infected pulp, cleans the inside of the tooth and covers it with a dental crown.
Contact East Tremont Dental
When treating a dental emergency, time is of the essence. Acting quickly can save you from experiencing serious pain or discomfort, or struggling with chewing or speaking. Ultimately, swift action may save your tooth from needing to be extracted and replaced.
If you or a loved one is facing a dental emergency, please contact us at East Tremont Dental by calling 718.823.3000 for help. We will fit you into our schedule as quickly as possible to end your discomfort and put you back on the path to dental health.