Dental Emergencies

Dental emergencies don’t run on a schedule, and in Williamsburg we understand that. When these problems arise, we will make the time for you by staying late, shifting appointments and focusing on getting you out of pain!


Whatever the dental emergency, you should be seen as soon as possible! Call our office in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and we’ll do our very best to get you in that day to be treated and feeling better in no time.

Dental emergencies are no joke. Let’s review what is and what isn’t a dental emergency.


Dental trauma involving a lost tooth is a dental emergency! If your permanent tooth falls out of your mouth due to injury, Dr. Plotnick suggests to gently clean off the root, if still in tact, and try to replace it in the socket in the appropriate orientation as soon as possible. If you can replace the tooth within 30 minutes, research shows a much higher percentage of keeping your original tooth! Other tips include storing the tooth in saliva (like in your cheek), or milk. You should not wait over two hours to be seen by a dental professional.

Dental trauma involving a broken tooth is a dental emergency. If you are experiencing pain, please come into our Williamsburg, Brooklyn, office ASAP. We will do our absolute best to squeeze you into that day’s schedule.


Dental abscess is a dental emergency and should be treated immediately. Dental swellings could spread and become dangerous situations if not treated properly.


If your gums are spontaneously bleeding, yet you have regular cleanings and checkups, this is a dental emergency. Please visit your medical doctor immediately to check the status of your health, and let Dr. Plotnick at Grand Street Dental know as soon as possible. Bleeding gums could be a symptom of more serious health conditions.


Unless you’re in extreme pain, a broken cusp of a molar is not a dental emergency. For these cases, we will book you at our next available spot.


30 minutes or longer

To properly evaluate the problem an X-ray of the affected area, along with a 15 to 30 minute examination, is necessary to truly definte the issue at hand. Within those 30 minutes, Dr. Plotnick will evaluate your dental situation and give you a clear plan of what needs to be done to have you feeling comfortable again.

Frequently Asked Questions

What constitutes a dental emergency?

Dental emergencies are classified by whether the trauma is life-threatening or causing significant harm to the patient. This can include extensive bleeding, bone damage, or infection.

What is the most common dental emergency?

The most common dental emergencies are trauma as a result of falling or an accident, resulting in a broken tooth or the need for a root canal caused by a deep cavity.

How long can you wait with tooth pain?

If your tooth pain lasts for more than 2 days, you should visit your dentist. If you are experiencing throbbing pain, bleeding, fever, swelling, or chills contact your dentist immediately.

What are the signs and symptoms of a dental emergency?

Signs and symptoms that you are experiencing a dental emergency include: Uncontrollable bleeding, severe, throbbing tooth pain, swelling of the face, loose tooth, or tooth that has to come out, chipped, broken, or loose crowns and fillings.

What happens if you do not seek treatment for a dental emergency?

If you ignore your dental emergency, the problem could significantly worsen. This can lead to more invasive and expensive procedures to solve the problem. Not seeking treatment for a dental emergency can also lead to permanent damage.