Emergency Dentist in Webster, NY
Tooth Pain Emergency Dentist in Webster

Gentle Emergency Dentist in Webster, NY

A dental emergency happens when you least expect it. No matter how well you take care of your teeth, emergencies happen, and you need the help of an emergency dentist in Webster, NY. Empire Dental Care provides gentle emergency care for all the most common dental emergencies. If you aren’t sure whether it is an emergency, it’s a good idea to call our office and let us know what you are experiencing. There are many reasons you might need emergency dental care.

Common Emergencies Requiring an Emergency Dental Visit

The most common reasons you might need an emergency dentist include:


Mild discomfort or sensitivity does not usually require urgent dental care. However, a throbbing toothache needs attention, as soon as possible. There are several causes of this, including:

  • Deep tooth decay near the nerve of the tooth
  • An abscessed tooth caused by an infected nerve
  • An abscessed gum due to untreated periodontal disease
  • A deep crack inside the tooth
  • Food trapped in the gum around a tooth

The treatment of a toothache varies according to the cause. Typical emergency treatments include:

  • Root canal treatment
  • Extraction
  • Deep cleaning of the gums
  • Prescriptions medications such as analgesics and antibiotics


An abscessed tooth does not always cause pain. Instead, it may cause swelling in the gum around a tooth or even severe swelling in the jaw, face, or neck. Swelling is a sign of infection, and treatment is either deep cleaning the gums, root canal treatment, or extraction. Depending on the severity of the condition, you may receive an antibiotic. Delaying treatment can lead to a life-threatening medical emergency, so it is essential that any swelling receive treatment, as soon as possible.

Gingivitis or periodontal disease can cause swelling in the gums around several or all your teeth and is more likely to cause a dull pain rather than a throbbing toothache. However, if left untreated, gum disease can turn into a dental emergency.


Avulsed (or knocked out) tooth

Having your tooth knocked out is a dental emergency, and time is a critical factor. Successfully replacing the tooth in its socket requires proper handling of the tooth and quickly getting to the dental office. After the avulsion of a tooth, you should:

  • Avoid touching the root when handling the tooth.
  • Gently rinse the tooth with water to remove any debris.
  • Immediately replace the tooth in its socket if possible.
  • If you can’t replace the tooth, keep it moist until you get to the dentist.
  • Take the tooth and see your dentist, as soon as possible. Within 30 minutes is ideal.

Loose or missing crown or bridge

If your crown or bridge feels loose or comes off, you will need to see your dentist, or an emergency dentist in Webster, as soon as possible. Re-cementing the crown or bridge is possible if done before too much time passes. Teeth begin to shift if a crown or bridge stays out for too long, resulting in the need for new dental restoration.

Broken or lost filling

Breaking or losing a filling can expose the nerve of your tooth and cause excruciating pain. Your tooth may become too tender to chew even soft foods. It is also possible to break or lose a filling and have no symptoms other than your tongue feeling a hole in the tooth. This requires a new filling or crown on your tooth. Damage to the underlying nerve of the tooth requires a root canal treatment.

Chipped or broken tooth

It is always unsettling to chip or break a tooth that can occur while eating, participating in sports, or even sleeping. You may experience sensitivity or pain when this happens. For this, you can take over-the-counter pain medications such as Ibuprofen or Tylenol. Treatment depends on how much damage the tooth suffered. The usual treatments include a filling, crown, or dental bonding.


Wisdom teeth

Erupting wisdom teeth can cause infections that require emergency dental treatment. The cause of this is usually food lodging between the gums and the erupting tooth, causing pain and swelling in the gums. Leaving this situation untreated can lead to a severe and complicated infection of the jaw.

Wisdom tooth extraction also causes some dental emergencies. Despite proper tooth removal, a certain number of these extractions develop a dry socket or an infection and leads to severe pain or swelling.

Placing a medicated dressing alleviates pain from a dry socket. Antibiotics resolve most post-extraction infections.

How to Prevent an Emergency Dental Visit

Here are some steps you can take as precautions against some dental emergencies:

  • Wear a custom-fitted protective mouthguard when participating in sports.
  • Brush and floss your teeth thoroughly twice daily
  • See Empire Dental Care every six months for an examination and teeth cleaning.
  • Don’t chew ice, which tends to crack teeth easily.
  • Ask Dr. Cohen about wearing a nightguard if you suspect that you grind your teeth at night.

We hope you never have any of the common dental emergencies described above. However, if you do, call our office at 585-671-1750 for a prompt consultation and gentle resolution of your dental problem.