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How to Properly Handle Dental Emergencies

There are many types of dental emergencies that may occur to anyone. You can have a severe toothache, broken denture, chipped tooth, knocked out tooth, broken filling or even a crown come out. Regardless of what type of dental emergency you experience, it is advisable to visit your dentist. Dental problems typically progress into larger situations when left untreated. Below are the lists of things to do when you experience dental problems.

v  When you experience toothache. You have to first thoroughly rinse your mouth using warm water. You can use dental floss to remove any lodged food. If your mouth is swollen, apply a cold compress to the outside of your mouth or cheek. However, you have to avoiding putting aspirin or any other pain killer against the gums near the aching tooth because it may burn the gum tissue.

v  For knocked-out tooth. Try to retrieve the tooth by holding it by the crown, then eventually rinse of the tooth root with the water. Avoiding scrubbing it or removing any attached tissue fragments. Visit your dentist as soon as possible. Knocked out tooth with the highest chances of being saved are those seen by the dentist and returned to their socket within one hour of being knocked out.

v  For Extruded tooth. When this happen, do your best to visit your dentist as soon as possible. To relieve pain, apply a cold compress to the outside of the mouth      or cheek in the affected area. You may also take an over the counter pain reliever if necessary.

v  For chipped or broken teeth. Rinse your mouth thoroughly. If there is bleeding, apply a piece of gauze to the area for about 10 minutes or until the bleedings stops. To relieve pain and keep any swelling down, apply a cold compress to the outside of the mouth, cheek or lip near the broken or chipped tooth.

v  Lost filling. For temporary measure, put a piece of sugarless gum into the cavity. You can also use an over the counter dental cement.

v  When you experience an objects caught between teeth, you have to first try using dental floss. Use it gently and carefully remove the object. Avoid using a pin or other sharp object to poke at the stuck object. These objects can only make things worse and can cut your gums or scratch your tooth surface. If you can’t get the object out, see your dentist as soon as possible.

v  Abscess. This is a serious infection that occurs around the root of a tooth or in the space between teeth and gums. It can damage tissue surrounding the teeth, with the infection possible spreading to other parts of the body if left untreated. When this happen, do not hesitate to call or visit your dentist as soon as possible to avoid any worse case.


Any type of dental emergency like an injury to the teeth and gums can be potentially dangerous and should not be ignored. Whenever you experience any dental emergency the best solution is to call or visit your emergency dentist as soon as possible.

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