What to Do in a Dental Emergency

A dental emergency can happen when you least expect it. Injury to teeth by a physical incident or from eating your favorite food can result in a cracked or lost tooth. A sudden, undefined pain in your tooth may also signal an emergency. There are a few guidelines for what you should do in these situations and we’d like to help you prepare. Here are a few tips to remember.

man wearing a hat and glasses pulling his lip down with a dental emergency

Don’t Panic

Most dental emergencies don’t require immediate assistance the way a medical emergency might. If you’ve got a broken tooth or a toothache, we want to see you. Please remember the problem can be solved with a visit to our office. If you’re experiencing what might seem like a medical emergency (trouble breathing, extreme pain), call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room. For a dental emergency, however, stay calm and follow the next few steps.

Call Us

No matter what the problem, we are here to help. Our staff will set you up with an appointment to see you as soon as possible. We’ll repair your broken tooth or find the root of your pain and get you treated in no time. Although we don’t want you to panic, we don’t want you to put it off. Problems can get worse in time and more expensive to repair. Contact us as soon as you can.

Keep Your Lost Tooth

If you lost or broke off a part of a tooth, we want you to hold on to it if you can. Keep the lost tooth moist, if possible. We may be able to restore the damage using your natural tooth.

Although dental emergencies can happen to anyone, there are a few extra precautions you can take to help prevent them.

  • Always wear a mouthguard during athletic activities that might cause mouth or teeth to take a hit.
  • Avoid foods that can crack your teeth such as popcorn kernels, hard bread, or sticky candy.
  • Practice good dental hygiene daily, and always contact us if new or worsening pain arises.

In case of emergency, we are always here. Contact us if you’re concerned. We will help guide you.

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