Emergency after-hours on-call service
Dental emergencies don’t always happen during office hours. That’s why, at Park Smiles NYC Pediatrics, we have 24/7 emergency care available for our patients. One of our pediatric dentists is on call every hour of the day. If your child is experiencing a true dental emergency at any time, call us and you’ll be put in touch with the dentist who will be able to determine what course of action to take.
Dental Emergency Contact Information
Park Smiles NYC Pediatrics can be reached at 212-461-9120. Again, we are available to handle emergency situations for our patients 24/7. However, if your child appears to be suffering from injuries that extend beyond the mouth, call 911 or take your child to the emergency room ASAP.
Dr. Cohen is on staff at the following hospitals in Manhattan, where he has 24/7/365 admitting privileges:
- Mount Sinai Hospital: 1425 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10029
- Beth Israel Medical Center: 10 Nathan D Perlman Pl, New York, NY 10003
- Lenox Hill Hospital: 100 E 77th St, New York, NY 10075
- St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center: 1000 10th Ave New York, NY 10019
Dental Emergency Tips
Knowing how to handle your child’s dental emergency can mean the difference between saving and losing a tooth. Following are some important tips for treating your child at home until you are able to come in:
Tooth Avulsion (a knocked-out tooth)
- Find the tooth and rinse it with water (no soap). Take care to only touch the crown of the tooth (the part you can see when it’s in place).
- Place the tooth in a clean container with milk.
- Call us immediately and/or head to the hospital. If you act quickly, it’s possible to save the tooth.
Important: If your child has knocked out a permanent tooth, take him or her to see us as soon as possible.
Object Caught In Teeth
If your child has something caught between his or her teeth, use dental floss to gently remove it. Never use a metal, plastic, or sharp tool to remove a stuck object. If you are unable to remove the item with dental floss, give us a call.
Broken, Chipped, or Fractured Tooth
If your child has chipped or broken off a piece of a tooth, rinse his or her mouth with warm water, then use a cold compress to reduce swelling. Try to locate and save the tooth fragment that broke off. Call us immediately.
If your child has a very loose tooth, it should be removed to avoid being swallowed or inhaled.
If your child complains of a toothache, rinse his or her mouth with warm water and inspect the teeth to be sure there is nothing caught between them. If pain continues, use a cold compress to ease the pain. Do not apply heat or any kind of aspirin or topical pain reliever directly to the affected area, as this can cause damage to the gums. Children’s pain relievers may be taken orally. Schedule an appointment immediately.
Bitten Lip or Tongue
If your child has a bitten lip or tongue severe enough to cause bleeding, clean the bite gently with water and use a cold compress (a cold, wet towel or washcloth pressed firmly against the area) to reduce or avoid swelling. Give us a call to help determine how serious the bite is.
If you know or suspect your child has sustained a broken jaw, use a cold compress to reduce swelling. Call us and/or head to the hospital immediately. In many cases a broken jaw is the result of a blow to the head. Severe blows to the head can be dangerous and even life-threatening.
If your child experiences a dental emergency, please remain calm. Although frightening for both you and your child, prompt attention at home, our office – or at the hospital emergency room when necessary — will prevent long term damage and put your child on the road to recovery.
For the best of the best in Comprehensive Pediatric Dental Care in New York City, call Park Smiles NYC Pediatrics today at 212-461-9120. We look forward to serving you with an unsurpassed commitment to comfort, compassion and empathetic care!