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What to do if you have a Dental Emergency

Posted on 3/20/2023 by Dr. Nick Raptou
What to do if you have a Dental EmergencyNo one ever plans or anticipates an accident. Most emergencies are medically based and require good urgent care. Like all other emergencies, dental emergencies require immediate quality dental care attention.

Dental traumas resulting from accidents and contact sports can call for a fast response by a dentist. Similarly, if you experience severe pain that threatens your oral health, you should see your dentist for emergency dental treatment. To avoid some of these dental emergencies, you should consider appropriate measures. Below are some of the actions you can take to handle dental emergencies.

Contact a Dentist Immediately

Before you take any action, you should get professional advice.

Different dental emergencies will require different emergency responses. For instance, if you have a toothache, you have to reach your dentist immediately after you feel the pain. The dentist will give you proper guidelines to follow.

Apply First Aid Actions

While first aid is not recommended, there are some actions you may take if the dentist is far away. For instance, using a cold compress, and rinsing with salty water as required comes in handy. The pain often indicates deep problems like gum disease, tooth decay, infected tooth, and more. That is why first aid actions should never be the end.

What to do for Severe Dental Injuries

If your tooth is knocked out or is loose, call your dentist as soon as possible. Try to hold it in its socket until you see your dental healthcare provider. In case of a dental emergency like a broken, cracked, or chipped tooth, use warm water in rinsing your mouth and then put a cold compress on the face in case you receive a blow to reduce swelling in the affected area.


To handle most of these dental emergencies you will require to reach out to their dental healthcare provider for professional medical treatment solutions. However, you may take some actions while you wait for your dentist.

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