What Constitutes a Dental Emergency?

Cartoon ambulance being driven by a tooth.
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You’re looking forward to the weekend, ready to attend an important event, or in the middle of a big game — then something unplanned messes with your smile. Dental emergencies rarely happen when they might be considered “convenient.” And they may come in many forms, so before you panic, we’d like to share what constitutes a dental emergency.

Dental Emergency Situations

A dental emergency involves a problem with the teeth, gums, or jaw that requires immediate treatment. There are several types of dental emergencies, but any that result in severe pain, bleeding, or a broken, knocked-out or loose tooth are all considered dental emergencies. Some causes of dental emergency situations include:

  • Playing contact sports
  • Car accidents
  • Falls or other injuries
  • Biting something hard
  • Jaw pain or locking
  • Severe tooth pain
  • And more

Whether the cause is an accident from trauma or the result of delayed dental treatment, when the situation interferes with your oral and overall health, it can be considered a dental emergency. Once you realize the situation is a dental emergency, it is best to seek an emergency dentist near you, like the team at Queensboro Plaza Dental Care.

Dental Emergency Treatment

Since dental emergencies come in many forms, some patients may be hesitant to call an emergency dentist. If you are in severe tooth or jaw pain or are experiencing swelling or bleeding that cannot be controlled, we encourage you to reach out to a dental office for emergency dental treatment. The sooner you receive emergency dental care, the better the chance that you can get your smile back to normal. Depending on your dental emergency, we may be able to perform a dental treatment the same day you visit us!

Visit an Emergency Dentist in Long Island City, NY

Dental emergencies can be stressful, and many are time-sensitive. As your local dental office in Long Island City, we have made sure to keep time in our day for those unexpected dental emergencies. If you’re in pain or stressed from a dental emergency, give our office a call today!

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Patient Reviews

Karoline PammerKaroline Pammer
20:52 30 Mar 22
Dr. Nguyen and his staff are extremely competent, friendly and professional. He is very thorough and explains everything very clearly. Finally I feel like I am in good hands when it comes to dental care.
Matt SmithMatt Smith
21:18 05 Feb 22
Great overall experience getting a dental cleaning. Very friendly staff, beautifully designed office, and a comfortable experience watching calming Netflix nature programming while in the chair. Complimentary beverages are in the waiting room and so is a little play area for kids.It felt to me that this was a patient-focused family practice as opposed to a cold, corporate dental mill trying to churn through as many patients as possible.I’ll definitely be coming back here for all my dental needs and I highly recommend.
Sundup SherpaSundup Sherpa
22:07 02 Feb 22
Dr. Nguyen and his staff are very welcoming and they provide an excellent experience every time I visit. I’ve only been here twice for annual checkups but would definitely consider and recommend this place to anyone who appreciates good customer experience and a very thoughtful approach to making sure that you feel at home. I have some procedures set up for later in the month and I must actually be the only person in the world actually looking forward to a dentist appointment.
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21:27 09 Nov 21
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22:08 26 Aug 21
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Queensboro Plaza Dental Care

Queensboro Plaza Dental Care