What to do in case of a dental emergency


Everyone knows that accidents happen. Knowing what to do when a dental emergency happens can be the difference between saving and losing a tooth.  In any dental emergency, it’s vitally important to see your dentist as soon as possible.  We allow time in our schedule to accommodate emergency patients, so call us immediately.  Outside of regular hours, a visit to the emergency room is your best option.

Q: What should I do if I knock out a tooth?

A: Keep an adult tooth moist at all times.  If possible put the tooth back in the socket without touching the root.  Otherwise keep it between your cheek and gum, or in milk.

Q: What should I do if one of my teeth cracks?

A: Rinse your mouth with warm water.  You can use an insulated icepack on your face to keep swelling down.

Q: How do I treat a toothache?

A: Rinse your mouth with warm water, then carefully use dental floss to remove any food that might be caught between your teeth.  Don’t apply aspirin directly to your gums, it could cause damage to the gum tissue.  If the pain doesn’t go away, make a dental appointment.

Q: How can I avoid a dental emergency?

A: Accidents happen, but there are some basic things you can do to prevent injury.

  • Wear a mouth guard when participating in sports.
  • Don’t chew on ice, popcorn kernels or hard candy, which can crack teeth.
  • Never use your teeth as a tool.  Use a scissors or knife to open packaging.

Source: American Dental Association