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Emergency dentist in Park Slope. 

What is a dental emergency?  

A dental emergency refers to any situation involving the teeth, gums, or oral structures that requires immediate attention from a dental professional to alleviate pain, stop bleeding, prevent further damage, or address an urgent oral health issue. Examples of dental emergencies include: Severe toothache: Persistent, severe tooth pain that does not respond to over-the-counter pain medications may indicate an underlying issue such as an infection or abscess. 

Trauma to the mouth or teeth: Accidents, falls, or injuries that result in broken, cracked, or knocked-out teeth require prompt evaluation and treatment to prevent further damage and preserve oral health. 

Broken or lost dental restorations: If a filling, crown, bridge, or other dental restoration becomes damaged or dislodged, it may expose sensitive tooth structures and require immediate attention to restore function and prevent infection.

 Abscess or infection: Swelling, pus, or a "pimple" on the gums can indicate an abscess or infection, which can lead to serious complications if left untreated. Bleeding gums or oral tissues: Profuse or uncontrolled bleeding from the gums, tongue, cheeks, or other oral tissues may indicate trauma or underlying medical conditions requiring urgent care.

 Jaw pain or swelling: Persistent pain, swelling, or difficulty opening or closing the mouth may indicate a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder or other serious oral health issue. Loose or dislodged teeth: Teeth that are loose, partially dislodged, or knocked out of alignment may require immediate attention to prevent further damage and preserve tooth function.

 Severe dental infections: Infections such as Ludwig's angina or necrotizing fasciitis can rapidly progress and lead to life-threatening complications if not treated promptly. In general, any oral health issue that causes severe pain, bleeding, swelling, or difficulty with normal oral function should be considered a dental emergency and addressed as soon as possible by a qualified dental professional. 

If you're unsure whether your situation constitutes a dental emergency, it's best to err on the side of caution and seek prompt evaluation and treatment.


We treat dental emrgencies every day

MWe treat the following dental emergencies: 

Swelling that is extremely painful 

Bleeding that wil not stop 

 A toothache that is extremely unbaerable

 A tooth that becomes loosened or has been  completely knocked out (avused) 

 An injury to a patients jaw

An infected root canal  

Treating a dental emergecy Quickly can save money

Treating a dental emergency quickly can save money by preventing further complications that may require more extensive and costly procedures. Early intervention can address issues before they worsen, reducing the need for complex treatments or surgeries and minimizing associated expenses for both dental care and potential medical interventions.

We Accept Most Insurances

If we do not accept your medical insurance then in some cases we may offer you a treatment plan that can be paid for in stages. The alternative to  this is one of the many finance companies that we are affiliated with.


We can treat all dental emergencies including root canal treatmtents. 

Maintain good oral hygiene with regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups. Wear protective gear during sports activities. Avoid chewing hard objects or ice. Address dental issues promptly to prevent them from worsening. Follow a balanced diet and limit sugary foods and drinks. Quit smoking to reduce oral health risks.

The following are some dental emergencies that you are at risk of getting if you do not care for your teeth.


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The most common dental emergency

A root canal procedure itself is not typically considered a dental emergency, but the conditions that often necessitate a root canal can indeed lead to emergencies if left untreated.

Common symptoms that may indicate the need for a root canal include:

 Severe tooth pain, especially when biting or applying pressure. Lingering sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures. Swelling or tenderness in the gums near the affected tooth. Darkening or discoloration of the tooth. Persistent or recurring pimple-like bumps on the gums.

These symptoms can indicate infection or damage to the dental pulp, which may require a root canal to remove the infected or damaged tissue and save the tooth. If left untreated, this condition can progress to a dental emergency, such as an abscess or severe pain necessitating immediate attention. Therefore, it's essential to seek dental care promptly if you experience any of these symptoms.


How do I know that I have a dental emergency?

A dental emergency is typically characterized by severe pain, swelling, bleeding, or trauma to the teeth, gums, or mouth that requires immediate attention from a dental professional.

 Some common signs and symptoms indicating a dental emergency include: 

Severe toothache that doesn't subside with over-the-counter pain medication. 

Swelling or inflammation in the gums, jaw, or face.

 Bleeding from the gums, tongue, cheeks, or other oral tissues. Loose or dislodged teeth. 

Trauma to the mouth, such as a broken or knocked-out tooth. 

Pus or drainage around a tooth or gum area, which may indicate an infection. Persistent bad taste in the mouth or foul-smelling breath. 

Pain or difficulty chewing or swallowing. 

Fractured or lost dental restorations (fillings, crowns, bridges, etc.). 

Signs of infection, such as fever, swollen lymph nodes, or general malaise. 


If you experience any of these symptoms or suspect you have a dental emergency, it's crucial to seek immediate care from a dental professional. Ignoring dental emergencies can lead to further complications, increased pain, and potentially more extensive and costly treatments in the future. If unsure whether your situation constitutes an emergency, contact your dentist for guidance.


Mild or Moderate Gum Disease Often Goes Unnoticed

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Severe Gum Disease Can Lead to Poor Teeth, Tooth Loss & Bone Disease

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Eliminating Gum Disease Starts at Home

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We can implement a periodontal maintenance plan to keep periodontal disease under control

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Learn more about dental root canal treatment - a common dental emergency.    

With over 40 years experience in oral surgery and periodontics, Dr. Victor Terranova has placed thousands of implants. Here he discusses  periodontal disease, it's effects on the human body and inflammation which can manifest itself throughout the body as a result of periodontal disease.

Make an appointment today for any dental emergency. Same day appointments can be available.