Quick, Safe, and Effective Emergency Dentistry in Tappan and Bergenfield

Man holding cheek in pain If you or one of your loved ones suddenly has a tooth knocked out, what would you do? How would you handle it? Where would you go to get the care you need? These questions are difficult to process when pain is involved, so the best course of action is to already have a plan in place. If you live in Bergenfield or Tappan, that plan will certainly involve Washington Dental Associates or Smile More Dentistry. Dr. Darren Tong, Dr. Mariliza Lacap, and our team of doctors and assistants are exactly the kind of skilled and caring professionals you need after suffering a dental injury. When you’re in need of an emergency dentist, they’re the team you can trust.


What is a Dental Emergency?

Dislodged tooth icon Many dental problems can wait a week or two to be treated, but dental emergencies cannot. They typically involve a very serious injury to the teeth and gums, and they require immediate medical attention. When should you stop everything you’re doing and call your emergency dentist in Tappan or Bergenfield? Here are a few common dental emergencies:

If you or someone you care about finds themselves in any of these situations, you need to act fast to get the proper treatment and relief.


What to Do in a Dental Emergency

Graphical representation of a tooth The first thing you should do in any dental emergency is immediately call your emergency dentist in Bergenfield or Tappan. That will enable our team to make an appointment to see you as soon as possible (including same-day appointments) and talk you through basic first-aid over the phone.

Here are a few things you can do after you have called us:

  • Try to find your lost tooth/dental work.
  • Attempt to place it back into your mouth.
  • If you can’t, put it in a safe container. For a tooth, make sure the container is filled with milk or saltwater. This will help preserve your tooth until you can see us and increase the chance we can replant it.
  • Rinse your mouth with warm water to clean the injured area.
  • Use a towel or rag to apply gentle pressure to stop any bleeding.
  • Place a cold compress on the face to manage pain and swelling—15 minutes on, 15 minutes off (longer than this can actually damage the skin).

When you call us, our team will walk you through each of these steps and will stay with you as long as you need. Once you make it to our office, we’ll bring you straight back to the exam room so the doctors can quickly get to work relieving your pain and saving your smile. Most of the time, we can complete emergency procedures in just one visit (such as extractions, fillings, crowns, and root canals), but if you require more treatment, we’ll be sure to eliminate your pain and schedule any follow-up visits necessary.


Meet Your Emergency Dentists in Tappan and Bergenfield

If you ever find yourself in the middle of a dental emergency, know that we’ll be able to help you as soon as you call us. Our entire team will spring into action, and it’ll just be a matter of time before you’re completely fixed up! When you’re at your most vulnerable, we’ll be able to help you every time.

If you’d like to learn more about how to avoid a dental emergency or want to schedule an appointment, please contact our office today.

Dr. Darren Tong

Dr. Tong
Dr. Darren Tong is one of the most educated and well-trained dentists in the entire New York/New Jersey area. He received his DDS degree from the Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery where he graduated in the top 10% of his class. He went on to have additional training in cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, endodontics, and full mouth reconstruction. He has won numerous awards for his restorative work, which means he’s the best kind of doctor to see when you have a dental emergency.

Dr. Mariliza Lacap

Dr. Lacap
Dr. Mariliza Lacap graduated from the Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery and also graduated in the top 10% of her class. She is currently a member of the American Dental Association, the New Jersey Dental Association, the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, and the Bergen County Dental Society. This wide array of experience enables her to always know what to do during a dental emergency, and she continues to expand her skillset with each passing year.

You can read about our other excellent doctors right here.


Our Emergency Dental Care Technology

Dentist pointing at an xray

Our office has some of the most advanced tools available in dentistry today. They enable us to treat you faster, safer, and with less discomfort. When you’re in the middle of a dental emergency, that’s exactly what you need! Here are some of the tools we use to help our patients:

Air Abrasion

This tool allows us to remove dental decay without needing a drill. It uses a high-pressure stream of aluminum oxide particles to removed damaged dental tissue without emitting heat, vibration, or noise.

Intraoral Camera

This small, pen-sized camera enables your dentist to get a better look at your teeth and gums. Plus, the images can be displayed, in color, on a large chairside monitor so that you always know what is going on during your appointment.

Digital Radiography

This refers to digital x-rays, and they have several key advantages over traditional film-based ones. They create images much faster, they can be displayed on a chairside monitor, and they expose the patient to 80% less radiation.

Laser Dentistry

Lasers have a wide variety of applications and can be used to perform procedures more precisely and with less pain. They can eliminate tooth decay, prep teeth for fillings, and even perform painless root canals.

How To Find the Emergency Dentist Near Me

We currently have two locations. Our Bergenfield office, Washington Dental Associates, is located at:

19 Legion Drive
Bergenfield, NJ 07621

We are located at the corner of E Main Street and Legion Drive. We are right across the street from Payless ShoeSource and Little Manila, and about a block away from the Red Ribbon Bakeshop and Rugged Outfitters.

In Tappan, we have Smile More Dentistry, and you can find us at:

140 Oak Tree Road
Tappan, NY 10983

We’re just a few miles west of the Palisades Interstate Pkwy where it intersects with Washington Street. We’re just across the street from a Western Union, Nutrition Zone, Swad, and DAGWOOD Signature Sandwich Shop.

Our office hours for both locations are:

Monday: 9:00am — 6:00pm
Tuesday: 9:00am — 7:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am — 7:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am — 7:00pm
Friday: 9:00am — 6:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am — 2:00pm

To help you save a bit of time during a dental emergency, be sure to put the number of the practice closest to you in your phone right now so you don’t have to look it up later. Those precious seconds matter when you’re in pain!


Frequently Asked Questions

1. One of my teeth has just been knocked out! What should I do?

First, you should call your emergency dentist in Bergenfield or Tappan. It’s the quickest way to get the care that you need. Try to find the tooth and place it back into your mouth. If you can’t, be sure to keep it wet in a container of milk or saltwater until you can see us.

2. Why does my tooth hurt so much?

A constant throbbing or shooting pain in a tooth usually indicates that the sensitive nerve has been infected or damaged. If the pain is so bad that you can’t focus on anything else, you should call us immediately! The longer you wait, the worse the pain will be, and we may even need to extract the tooth. If you get to us soon enough, we’ll be able to relieve your pain and save your smile.

3. One of my fillings/crowns just broke. Can you help?

Yes we can! Try to find all of the pieces of your filling/crown and call us as soon as you can. We’ll be able to put it back in place for you! If any broken or jagged teeth have been exposed, be sure to cover them with a cotton ball or dental wax.

4. Should I ever call 911 for a dental emergency?

Most of the time, no. Many hospitals/clinics will not have the personnel or equipment to properly handle emergency dental care. You’ll only be able to find those at a dental practice like Washington Dental Associates or Smile More Dentistry. However, if you have injuries to other parts of your body that need immediate attention, be sure to head straight to your local emergency room first. After you are stable, you should still call us.

5. What are the best ways to avoid a dental emergency?

There are 4 basic ways you can prevent dental emergencies
  • Come see us for regular checkups and cleanings so we can catch small issues before they become big problems.
  • Wear a mouthguard while participating in sports.
  • Avoid chewing on hard things like ice or rock candies.
  • Don’t use your teeth to open bottles or tricky packages.