Dental Emergency NYC

Dr. Jin Wang

While many dental concerns can be addressed by booking an appointment at a later date, urgent dental care requires immediate action. The emergency dentists at 172 NYC Dental offer same-day, effective treatment to help relieve symptoms and restore damaged teeth.

We are open seven days a week. We will see emergencies from the start of our day as shown below:

  • Monday-Thursday 7:30-5:00
  • Friday 7:30-3:30
  • Saturday/Sunday 9:00-1:00

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We are a full-service dental practice offering a wide range of dental emergency services in NYC to both existing and new patients.  We are a multispeciality office encompassing dental specialists in oral surgery, endodontics (root canals), pediatric dentistry, cosmetic and pain management.  We understand that dental emergencies can be painful, which is why we reserve time in our daily schedule for those who need urgent care.  Finding an emergency dentist in NYC is not an easy task.  Questions such as expertise, availability, insurance, and payments must be answered usually while someone is in acute discomfort.  At 172 NYC Dental we are indeed the emergency dentist in New York. We make the pain in your tooth disappear and at the same time eliminate the angst in choosing a top-notch, ultramodern, caring facility.

During our regular office hours, we prefer that you contact us by phone to coordinate your appointment as quickly and efficiently as possible. Once our office is closed you may book an appointment online.

What Is a Dental Emergency?

Dental problems can occur at any time. There are a few ways you can tell if your dental concern warrants immediate care or can wait for a few hours or days. If you experience any of the symptoms listed below, call the team at 172 NYC Dental right away as these can worsen very quickly.

Overall, any dental issue requiring immediate dental treatment in order to alleviate serious pain, stop bleeding, or save a tooth is considered an emergency. Additionally, any infections that could be life threatening are considered to be dental emergencies.  

  • Lost or broken teeth
  • Dull or moderate toothache with sensitivity to hot or cold
  • Severe toothache or dental pain of any kind
  • Bleeding gums that will not stop
  • Gum swelling
  • Locked jaw that makes it difficult to open or close your mouth
  • Acute trauma (bleeding, fractured jaw)

Other issues may seem like a dental emergency, but do not necessarily require an urgent dental appointment. A chipped tooth, slight sensitivity, and minor discomfort can usually be addressed in a couple of days by one of our dental providers. However, do not hesitate to contact our office right away to schedule your appointment. 

Dental Emergency

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” Dr. Ahn is amazing. I fractured a tooth and came in the same day as a new patient on an emergency basis as I was in terrible pain. The tooth was extracted and a bone graft put in place. [...] John D | yelp
“This is a wonderful dental office with very professional and friendly staff and up to date technology. They took me at a very short notice when I needed emergency dental work, they were so nice and accommodating. The office itself [...] Masha | yelp
“The front desk was super helpful and booked me to see a specialist (which was hard on a Sunday). Dr. Kim fixed me up in no time and I have had no pain since.” Anum | yelp
“Once I arrived I was greeted by front desk and immediately serviced despite being told it may be a wait. The doctor was amazing at explaining in detail my specific situation and his assistant was very friendly as well. I’d [...] Gladys B | yelp
“Great experience today. I had a cracked tooth and needed an appointment quickly. I got one the next day and had a root canal done right away.” Thomas ODonnell | yelp
“I called at 230p after chipping my tooth- they close at 3p on Sat. Said to come right in. Was seen immediately and fixed in less than an hour!! Amazing service.” Helaine Waldman | yelp
“Had a dental emergency, called at 11:00, they got me in by 3:00. Staff and doctors were professional, friendly and totally accommodating. Highly recommend!!!” Larry I | yelp
“This office staff was very understanding, scheduling me an appointment right away. I saw Dr. Nikitayev, who was very kind and walked me through my options. Now you can’t even tell it was ever chipped. I highly recommend this office!” Britta | yelp
“Excellent, efficient and friendly. It was an emergency appointment. They took me promptly. Everyone in the office is very welcoming and capable. I am getting excellent care.” Virginia K | yelp
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Dental Emergencies Treated at 172 NYC Dental

The dentists at 172 NYC Dental in New York City specialize in a variety of different dental emergencies. No matter what kind of urgent situation you encounter, you can count on high-quality care at our Manhattan office. Some of the more common dental emergencies we see include:

Toothaches: Pain is nature’s way of alerting us that something is wrong in our body. There is chronic pain that occurs over a long period of time and acute pain that comes on quickly. It is the acute, severe pain that is considered to be a dental emergency. Chronic pain should be addressed by making an appointment during normal office hours, this is not considered to be an emergency. 

Abscesses: A dental abscess forms as a pocket of pus in the gums or at the base of a tooth. The cause can stem from a badly decayed tooth, a broken tooth that was left untreated, or from failed root canal therapy. A periodontal abscess (gum) forms as a result of periodontal disease, loss of bone, trapping foreign matter (food debris) under the gum, or hormonal changes that are seen in the first trimester of pregnancy. Signs of an abscess may show as a “bubble” of pus around the infected area. Sudden intense pain, throbbing pain that increases if one lies down are indicative of an abscess. Patients experience extreme sensitivity to hot and cold, to pressure (tapping or chewing). A dental abscess is considered to be an emergency, it must be treated as soon as possible. If left untreated the infection can spread leading to fever, swollen glands, and intense pain (especially at night).  Abscesses are typically treated by draining the infected site (curettage, extraction, root canal therapy, incise and drain) and by prescribing a regiment of antibiotics. Follow up appointments are necessary to develop a comprehensive treatment plan for the patient.

Infections: Infections (invasion of bacteria, virus, or other pathogens) in the mouth are serious. If left untreated it can spread to other tissues in the body, make a patient feel sick with pain, headache, and fever. Infections,  such as those caused by periodontitis (infection of gums) can lead to loosening of teeth and eventual tooth loss. 

Swollen gums: An acute swelling (coupled with pain)  in the gums or any other part of the mouth indicates that there is inflammation and possible infection in the area. This rapid onset change is considered to be a dental emergency and should be observed as soon as possible. Long-standing swelling (usually without pain) should also be treated during normal office hours and is not considered to be a dental emergency.

Trauma or accidents impacting one or more teeth: If teeth are loose, cracked, or have been knocked out (try to hold on to avulsed teeth, by placing them in gauze or glass of milk). If there is a great deal of bleeding, fractured jaw, or facial bones it is best to go to a hospital emergency room. Giving a clear, comprehensive medical history is especially important. 

Cracked, chipped, or broken teeth: Crack teeth present as thin vertical lines going through the enamel of the tooth. Many times these cracks are caused by occlusal (bite) problems. These cracks can and should be treated but are not considered to be urgent. Chipped teeth can be caused by grinding one’s teeth at night, hard foods, or mild trauma. Chipped teeth may be unsightly or even mildly annoying, however, they are not considered to be a dental emergency. Broken teeth (where a large part of the tooth is missing, there is pain, the nerve can be exposed must be treated as a dental emergency. Patients will have an exam, a radiograph, and a photo taken. The tooth will be evaluated and addressed to make the patient comfortable. Depending upon the severity of the condition additional visits may be necessary. Our patient will leave our office, hopefully, pain-free.

Lost or loose fillings, onlays, crowns, veneers, and bridges:  All of these conditions need to be treated. Whether or not they are deemed to be a dental emergency depends upon the symptoms that they illicit. A lost crown or filling, a severely broken tooth is a dental emergency. These conditions must be treated quickly to avoid further damage. Loose fillings, crowns, and bridges also need to be corrected but are not considered to be an emergency. The patient should book an appointment during normal office hours. What constitutes an emergency, is swelling, pain, bleeding or the potential for something to worsen rapidly. Our office prides itself not only in emergency care. We excel in all forms of restorative cosmetic work too. We specialize in implant dentistry, bonded resin fillings, porcelain onlays, and crowns. Our doctors specialize in their unique areas of expertise such as surgery, periodontics, endodontics, and pediatric dentistry.

Jaw Pain: Jaw pain has many different causes. It can be as benign as a broken tooth or as serious as a heart attack. Common causes of jaw pain include Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction. In this condition from chronic misalignment of one’s teeth, the patient will grind or clench their teeth, usually while sleeping (bruxism). The relationship of the lower jaw (condyle) is misplaced in the upper jaw (glenoid fossa) causing the muscles that hold the lower jaw to the skull to go into spasm. This discomfort can extend to the neck, back, and facial muscles. Dental cavities (caries), exposure of the dental pulp (nerve) due to trauma or decay will also cause diffuse pain in the jaw. Medical conditions such as tumors, trigeminal nerve neuralgia, diabetes, and heart attacks (left side jaw pain)  can present with pain in the jaw. If the pain is immediate (acute) and severe it should be deemed a dental emergency. If the pain has persisted under the radar for a time the patient should make an appointment under normal office hours.

At 172 NYC Dental, we commonly treat patients who have knocked a tooth out of their mouth. Sometimes our dentist can replace this dislodged tooth; as long as it is placed back in the tooth socket within one to two hours of the injury. Our emergency dentist will observe the tooth to make sure that there are no fractures and that the root is intact.

Emergency Dentist Costs With No Insurance 

While we accept most Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) dental insurances and flexible spending account (FSA) benefits, many people avoid visiting the dentist because they lack dental insurance. At 172 NYC Dental, we are proud to serve all private patients with the same level of care. 

If you encounter a dental emergency, visit our office for an evaluation. The cost of this special offer is only $75 and includes:

  • A limited oral exam for one specific dental problem.
  • One periapical x-ray and one bitewing x-ray to determine the cause and develop a treatment approach.

 If you end up needing additional care beyond this initial evaluation, our treatment coordinators would be happy to provide you with a payment plan that works for you.

Dental Emergency Patients with Dental Insurance

Most dental benefits cover emergency care at our office. Deductibles, annual maximums and co-pays should remain the same as standard dental care. Our office accepts most dental PPO insurance plans i.e. Metlife, Delta Dental, Guardian, Cigna Aetna, etc. There is no change in our fee schedule. In connection with the time or day that a patient is seen. 

Contact Our Emergency Dentists in NYC

If you develop a dental emergency, the quicker you take action, the better. Proper emergency dental care can help you avoid further complications caused by injury or infection. Feel free to contact us as soon as a dental problem occurs. After explaining your issue, our dental professionals will let you know if you need an emergency evaluation or if your appointment can wait a day or two. 

Our multispecialty practice is open seven days a week and closes only on major holidays. Whether you have a weekend toothache or lose a tooth while visiting the city, you can count on us for immediate emergency care. Contact us right away to schedule your appointment and get the treatment you need as soon as possible. 

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What Our Patients Are Saying

With over 1000 reviews from all over the webwith an average rating of 4.9 we are proud to be in the Manhattan Dental Elite.
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“This is a wonderful dental office with very professional and friendly staff and up to date technology. They took me at a very short notice when I needed emergency dental work, they were so nice and accommodating. The office itself [...] Masha | yelp
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