How to Handle Dental Emergencies

Dental emergencies can happen at any time, and if one happens to you, it’s important to know how to properly handle them, so that you can recover as quickly as possible. Here’s a list of the most common dental emergencies and what to do if one of them happens to you. Of course, it’s absolutely important to get to your local dentist as soon as possible.


If you have a toothache that doesn’t go away, call the dentist right away. While you’re waiting, you can do a few things to ease the pain. First, if your mouth is swollen, use a cold compress on the outside of your cheek or mouth. You can also rinse with warm water to help dislodge any food caught in your teeth that might be contributing to the toothache.

Lost Permanent Tooth

If you have one of your permanent teeth knocked out. It’s important that you keep the tooth moist. If possible, try placing the tooth back in its socket without touching the root. If you can’t, then place it between your cheek and gums, or use a tooth preservation solution that’s approved by the ADA.

Broken or Chipped Tooth

If you chip a tooth, it’s important to stay calm. Of course, you need to call the dentist as quickly as you can. While you’re waiting, rinse out your mouth with warm water and try to save any broken pieces of tooth if possible. If you’re bleeding, use a piece of gauze and apply gentle pressure until the bleeding stops. If you experience swelling, use a cold compress on the outside of your cheek.

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Crown Dislodged

If you have a crown that has come off completely, it needs to be replaced and cemented. Give the dental office a call immediately and then rinse your mouth with warm salt water to wash away debris. If it’s available, use denture adhesive to temporarily re-attach the crown, but do not use superglue or any household adhesives.

Abscessed tooth

An abscessed tooth is a severe infection at the root of a tooth or between the gum and a tooth. They occur most often as a result of severe tooth decay or broken or chipped teeth. If left untreated, the infection can spread to the rest of your body. Abscessed teeth typically require an emergency root canal treatment to get rid of the infection. If you experience any of these or other dental emergencies, call us right away.