Urgent Care

Urgent Care Specialist
If you have an emergency dental issue that requires urgent care, you need a trustworthy dental professional. Dr. Kaplan of Steven D. Kaplan, DMD, in New York City, leaves time in his schedule to take in urgent care patients. While you’d hope to never have an urgent dental care issue, Dr. Kaplan treats such patients regularly. Make an appointment if you have a tooth fracture, a severe toothache, swollen gums, or if you lose the crown of your tooth.

Urgent Care Q & A

Steven D. Kaplan, DMD

How does Steven D. Kaplan handle emergency endodontic situations?

Dr. Kaplan doesn’t just treat your tooth, he treats the whole person. He understand pain, and will see emergencies the day of your call. In fact, seven day a week coverage is always available.

Dr. Kaplan and his team have over 40 years of root canal experience and they’ve seen just about everything that could go wrong with a tooth, so they can quickly and efficiently get you out of pain and save your tooth.

How do I know if my issue is urgent?

It’s better to be safe than sorry, so if you’re in doubt, call Dr. Kaplan’s practice and request an urgent care appointment. In general, an urgent dental issue might include:

  • Painful biting
  • Sensitivity to heat or cold
  • Loss of a tooth
  • Tooth fracture
  • Throbbing pain in your tooth, gums, or jaw
  • Shooting tooth pain
  • Jaw pain
  • Any mouth pain that’s associated with a fever
  • Facial or gum swelling

Should I do anything with a broken or loose tooth?

If you break a tooth — or lose a filling — keep the fragments. Rinse your mouth out with warm water and place gauze or a wet teabag in your mouth and apply pressure to the area that’s bleeding (you can do this by simply biting down). You can use a cold compress on the outside of your mouth or cheek to minimize swelling and pain. If your tooth is loose and partially dislodged, see Dr. Kaplan right away. You don’t want to go to bed with it like that, since it can fall out overnight and you risk losing it or choking on it.

What do I do with a tooth that has been knocked out?

If your tooth comes out completely, hold it by the crown -- not the root -- and rinse it with water. Don’t scrub it clean, just remove any visible debris or dirt. If you can, put it back into the tooth socket. If you can’t put it back in place, put the tooth in a small container with enough milk or saliva to cover it. You can also use water with a pinch of salt. The sooner you get to your urgent care appointment, the better the chances of saving your tooth.

Can you salvage a crown that comes off?

If you lose a crown, bridge, or other dental device, keep it clean and in a safe place. Depending on how your tooth was initially treated, it might be very sensitive without the covering in place. You can use an over-the-counter temporary dental cement to secure the crown in place until you see Dr. Kaplan. But don’t rely on those to keep your crown on for too long. You’ll need to have it reset. If your crown or bridge is cracked or broken, you might need to replace it.

How do I schedule an emergency appointment?

If you’re in pain right now, please call Dr. Kaplan’s office at (212) 245-1066. If it’s during their regular weekday office hours, they’ll see you immediately. If it’s not during their office hours, you’ll be redirected to their 24-hour, 7 day a week, active answering service. Next day appointments are always available, and you can call the office with your questions at any time. Dr. Kaplan and his staff are here to help you.

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