Maiden Lane Dental

Emergency Dentist in NYC

Dental emergencies are inconvenient at best. But there is no harm done in making sure you’re prepared when the moment strikes. The difference between knowing exactly what to do versus trying to find the best answer on Google during a crisis could be the difference between saving or permanently damaging your smile.

Perhaps you came to New York City for a weekend trip with the girls, and you trip and fall on your way back to the hotel? Or maybe the kids played an innocent baseball game on the weekend that quickly turned into a parent’s nightmare? It could even be a severe toothache that keeps you up all night. These things most certainly never happen during your dentist’s regular business hours.

First things first, Don’t Panic!

Take a deep breath and keep reading our step-by-step instructions for common dental issues and dental emergencies:

Missing filling

  • Make an appointment to see a dentist during regular hours. 
  • Fill the sensitive hole left behind with orthodontic wax. 


  • Rinse with warm water to dislodge debris.
  • Gently floss and brush.
  • Apply an ice pack to control swelling.
  • Take an anti-inflammatory pain reliever. 
  • If the tooth pain persists, call an emergency dentist.
  • If the pain goes away, follow up with your dentist during regular hours.

Something Stuck In Teeth

  • Gently remove debris using dental floss. 
  • Do not use sharp objects.

Cracked, Chipped, or Broken Teeth

  • Save all the pieces of your chipped tooth.
  • Rinse your mouth with warm water.
  • Apply an ice pack to reduce swelling.
  • Take an over-the-counter pain medication.
  • Avoid crunchy foods, sugary snacks, and anything too hot or cold.
  • Call your dentist for an appointment during regular working hours.

Knocked-Out Tooth

  • Hold the tooth only by the crown.
  • Rinse the tooth with milk or cold water. 
  • Replace the tooth in the empty socket and gently bite down on a clean cloth. Or, place the tooth in a glass of milk or between the cheek and teeth of your mouth.
  • Call your emergency dentist right away.

Bleeding Mouth 

  • Switch to a softer toothbrush. Visit your dentist to discuss treatments.
  • If bleeding lasts longer than 24 hours, visit your emergency dentist. 
  • Elevate head.
  • Apply pressure to help control the bleeding.

Swollen Face

  • Apply a cold compress. 
  • Elevate head.
  • Stay hydrated until your dentist gets a chance to see you.

Jaw injury

  • If you think you broke your jaw, go to the hospital Emergency Room immediately.
  • If you experienced trauma to your jaw:
  1. Call your dentist.
  2. Place an ice pack to reduce swelling.
  3. Do not eat any solid food.

Call an Emergency Dentist in New York

Not all dentists offer emergency dental care. That’s why it is always safe to have a backup plan if your dentist can’t schedule an appointment in a dental emergency.

At Maiden Lane Dental, your emergency dentist in NYC proudly offers same-day urgent dental care appointments. We care about your oral health and want to help quickly before your dental problems worsen.

Please call our dental office and ask about other general dentistry services, such as dental implants, root canals, and cosmetic dentistry treatment plans.