Dental emergencies can be scary and unexpected, but knowing what to do in an emergency can make all the difference in saving your teeth and avoiding further complications. Our team will go over some tips for dealing with common dental emergencies.
What is a Dental Emergency?
A dental emergency is any situation that requires immediate attention from a dental professional to save a tooth, stop bleeding, or relieve severe pain. Some examples of dental emergencies include:
- Knocked-out teeth
- Chipped or fractured teeth
- Severe toothaches
- Broken or lost dental restorations, such as fillings or crowns
- Abscessed teeth
- Soft tissue injuries, such as cuts or lacerations to the lips, tongue, or gums
Tips for Dealing with Dental Emergencies
- Knocked-out teeth: If a tooth is knocked out, try to reinsert it into the socket. If that’s not possible, place the tooth in a cup of milk or saliva and bring it with you to the dentist. Time is crucial when dealing with a knocked-out tooth, so seek immediate dental attention.
- Chipped or fractured teeth: Rinse your mouth with warm water and apply a cold compress to reduce swelling. Bring any broken pieces of the tooth with you to the dentist.
- Severe toothaches: Rinse your mouth with warm water and gently floss around the affected tooth. Avoid placing aspirin or other pain relievers directly on the tooth or gums. Contact your dentist for an emergency appointment.
- Broken or lost dental restorations: If a filling or crown falls out, place it safely and contact your dentist for an emergency appointment.
- Abscessed teeth: An abscessed tooth is a severe dental emergency that can lead to infection and other complications. Contact your dentist immediately if you experience severe tooth pain, fever, or swelling.
- Soft tissue injuries: If you experience a cut or laceration to your lips, tongue, or gums, rinse your mouth with warm water and apply pressure to the area with a clean cloth. Seek immediate medical attention if the bleeding is severe or doesn’t stop.
If you experience a dental emergency, don’t hesitate to contact our team. We offer emergency dental services and are here to help you in your time of need. By taking quick action and seeking immediate attention from a dental professional, you can save your teeth and avoid further complications.