Emergency Dentistry on Long Island

Any dental emergency like an injury to the teeth or gums can be potentially serious and should not be ignored. Ignoring a dental problem can increase the risk of permanent damage as well as the need for more extensive and expensive treatment later on. At Dental Symmetry, we treat a wide range of dental injuries. 


A toothache or tooth pain is caused when the nerve to a tooth is irritated. Dental infection, gum disease, plaque, dental decay, injury, or loss of a tooth (including tooth extractions) are the most common causes of dental pain. There are instances, however, where pain originating outside the dental area radiates to the mouth, thus giving the impression of tooth pain. This often happens when there is a problem with the jaw joint (temporomandibular joint, or TMJ) or ears. Occasionally, heart problems can give the sensation of tooth pain.

Abscess & Swelling

A dental abscess is an infection of the mouth, face, jaw, or throat that begins as a tooth infection or cavity. Although these infections can be caused by poor dental health and can result from lack of proper and timely dental care, they may also occur in people with underlying medical conditions such as autoimmune disorders or conditions that weaken the immune system (diabetes, post-radiation/chemotherapy cancer care). Dental abscesses can also be triggered by minor trauma in the oral cavity.

Chipped or Broken Tooth 

Although the enamel that covers your teeth is the hardest, most mineralized tissue in the body, its strength has limits. Falling, receiving a blow to the face, or biting down on something hard — particularly if a tooth already has some decay — can cause a tooth to chip or break. If your tooth is broken, chipped, or fractured, don’t panic. There are many things your dentist can do to fix it, so see him/her as soon as possible. Otherwise, your tooth could be damaged further or become infected, possibly causing you to end up losing the tooth.

Knocked-Out Tooth

A knocked-out permanent tooth is a dental emergency. Knocked-out teeth can be re-implanted in many cases. A permanent tooth that is re-implanted within 30 minutes has the highest chance of success.

Lost Filling or Crown

Fillings, which are materials used to fill cavities in the teeth, and crowns, which slip over and cover the tops of damaged teeth, sometimes loosen and fall out. This is not always an emergency, but it can be painful because the exposed tooth tissue is often sensitive to pressure, air or hot and cold temperatures.

In some cases, a filling or crown may come loose because decay has developed underneath it. The decay can cause the tooth to change shape and as a result, the crown of filling no longer fits the tooth properly.

Make an appointment to see our dentists as soon as you can because the tooth will be weak and could be damaged more if it is not protected by the crown. Also, when a crown is missing for a long time, your teeth may move. If this happens your crown may no longer fit.

Broken or Ill-Fitting Dentures and Temporaries

A broken denture may be a painful and embarrassing experience. Although websites claim that repair kits may fix your problem, a visit to the dentist is the best way to handle broken dentures. Although dentures are made to be durable and withstand repetitive use, they will crack or fall out eventually. Dentures can wear out over time. Overheating dentures by placing them in hot water may warp the shape, making them usable or more vulnerable to breaks.

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