What to Do in a Dental Emergency

What to Do in a Dental Emergency

It’s not uncommon to experience a dental emergency. Sometimes, the best first step is to call our dental professional. In our office, we do our best to help you with your dental emergency as soon as possible. If you cannot get in to see your dentist soon enough, we have a few recommendations to help you right now.

Handling Dental Emergencies: Tips on What to Do Now

If you are experiencing any type of severe pain or excessive bleeding, visit the emergency room for help. In other cases, consider these tips for dental emergencies.


A toothache can be a reason to visit the dentist, but in some situations the pain can be incredibly bad. This often occurs when there is root nerve exposure. We encourage you to rinse your mouth with warm water to remove any particles causing the pain. Over the counter painkillers may help, but don’t put anything on the tooth itself.

Broken or Chipped Teeth

For a broken tooth or chipped tooth, rinse out your mouth and apply gauze to the area if it is bleeding. Ice on the area can also help to soothe the pain. Apply it from the outside of the mouth on the impacted areas.

Partially Dislodged Tooth

If the tooth is dislodged and loose, do not try to move it any more than it is. It needs immediate help to ensure you do not lose the tooth. Don’t touch it or force it. If it falls out, place it in a cup of water with a pinch of salt.

Knocked Out Tooth

Rinse off the tooth with water and avoid removing any tissue fragments on it. If possible, place it back into the socket right away. If not, place it in a cup of water with a pinch of salt. Then, see your dentist immediately. If you do so within an hour, you have a good chance of getting that tooth replaced.

Lost Crown or Filling

Apply clove oil or powder to the area if it hurts. It is a good ideal to use a dental adhesive or dental cement over the area as well. You can also use a piece of sugarless gum to hold the crown in place until you can see your dentist.

Food or Object Caught in Teeth

If there is something caught in the teeth and you cannot get it out with normal brushing, try dental floss. If this still does not help, it is best to avoid using any type of sharp object. This can cause damage to the gums or the teeth. Instead of trying to remove it, be sure to visit the dentist to get a better level of cleaning done.

Broken Braces or Wires

A broken brace or wire is not something you should try to fix on your own. Don’t cut the wires. You can use a pencil eraser to push the sharp edges down so they do not hurt you though.

Tooth Abscess

A tooth abscess can be a very painful situation and requires a visit to our offices. We encourage you to take this seriously as soon as you notice it. Damaged tissues and teeth are at risk if you do not remove them. And, infections like this can spread.

Call Our Offices Now

If you are experiencing any type of dental emergency, please call our offices for the help you need. We are always available to help you as soon as possible.