What to do for a Dental Emergency


What to do for a dental emergency

A dental emergency can happen at any time and emergency care is covered by most dental insurance providers. Not all dental problems are emergencies. A tooth falling out, a toothache, a chipped tooth, or pain from a dental crown could be serious dental problems and something you shouldn’t ignore. They’ signal potentially serious oral issues and may require emergency dental care. If you ignore an oral problem, you could increase your risk of permanent damage, which may result in the need for more extensive and costly dental treatment later on.

When do dental emergencies occur?

Dental emergencies can happen quickly and often leaving you wondering what you need to do next. Typically, you have two options:

  • Go to the emergency room.
  • Care for the injury yourself until you can see the Keller dentist.

What to do during a dental emergency

There are numerous dental emergencies, and you’ll want to know what to do in case of one. Here are some of the most common dental emergencies:


    • Use warm water to rinse your mouth.
    • If your tooth is causing swelling, press a cold compress against the outside of your cheek or mouth.
    • You can take some ibuprofen or acetaminophen to help with the pain
    • If you need a stronger pain reliever contact the Keller dentist.

Cracked Tooth

    • Use warm water to rinse out your mouth and clean the area.
    • You can also use a cold compress to help bring down any swelling.
    • Get in to see the Keller dentist as soon as possible since a cracked tooth can quickly become a bigger problem.

Broken Teeth – A cracked tooth can easily turn into a broken tooth. If you notice a lump, reddish flesh or if there’s a broken line going up your tooth, schedule your appointment at the Keller dentist now.

    • Save any pieces of your broken tooth.
    • Rinse your mouth and any broken pieces with water.
    • Apply gauze to any bleeding area for several minutes until it stops.
    • If the broken tooth has caused swelling, press a cold compress against your cheek, mouth or lip near the area of the broken tooth to relieve pain and bring the swelling down.
    • Loss of Permanent Tooth – If you have an injury leading to a loss of one of your permanent teeth, you’ll require immediate treatment. If possible, find the tooth.
    • Rinse the knocked-out tooth in water and refrain from scrubbing it.
    • Place the tooth back in place, holding it at the crown versus the roots.
    • Place it next to the lost tooth opening between the cheek, if you’re unable to put it in its original location.
    • If you can’t put your tooth back in its socket or if you have a danger of swallowing it, preserve it by placing it into a cup of fresh milk. Then, call your dentist right away.

Bleeding From Your Mouth – If you are mouth is bleeding, it could indicate an acute or chronic condition. If you notice blood on your dental floss, it typically means you have gingivitis or gum disease. However, if you notice it in your saliva, this could be something more serious like advanced gum disease or even cancer.

    • See your dentist for gum disease treatment if you spot blood on your floss.
    • If you start to bleed after a dental procedure, immediately go back to your dentist.
    • Keep your head elevated and Google dentist near me.
    • If it’s after hours, go to the ER.

Oral Disease – Tender and bleeding gums may be a sign of more serious health issues and could be a subtle sign of oral disease. You need to treat oral disease. A chronic mouth problem is serious and you should not ignore it. Oral disease can worsen with other health ailments. Links between oral disease and other health concerns:

    • Heart disease
    • Respiratory illness in older adults
    • Stroke
    • Diabetes
    • Low birth weight in babies
    • Preterm birth in babies

Partially Dislodged or Extruded Tooth – Get immediate treatment from your emergency dentist in Keller.

    • Use a cold compress to relieve your pain until you get to the dentist’s office.
    • If needed take acetaminophen or ibuprofen to help relieve the pain.

Something’s Stuck Between Your Teeth

    • Gently use dental floss to remove the object.
    • If the object won’t dislodge, go to the dentist and have them remove it.
    • Don’t ever use a sharp objects that can scratch the surface of your tooth or cut your gums.

Abscess – An abscess is an infection occurring around your tooth root or in the space between your gums and teeth. This infection is severe and can damage your surrounding tissue and teeth. An abscess can also potentially spread to other areas of your body if you don’t have it treated.

    • See your dentist right away if you notice a pimple-like and painful swelling on your gums.
    • Rinse your mouth with a solution of mild salt water to help draw the pus to the surface and relieve your pain.
    • Rinse several times each day until you get to your dentist’s office.

Lost Filling

    • Place a piece of sugarless gum temporarily into the cavity or use over-the-counter dental cement.
    • Call for an appointment with your dentist in Keller as soon as possible.

Lost Crown – If you have a crown fall off, schedule an appointment with the dentist right away.

    • Bring your crown to your appointment.
    • If the tooth is painful apply some clove oil on a cotton swab to the sensitive area.
    • You can buy clove oil at your grocery store in the spice aisle or at the local drug store.
    • Use some denture adhesive or over-the-counter dental cement to temporarily place the crown back and hold it in place.
    • Don’t use super glue.

Soft-tissue injuries – Soft tissues include tongue, cheeks, gums, and lips. Sometimes an unconscious bite could even result in injury to these tissues and consequent bleeding or soreness. In such a case, the situation should be addressed immediately with any of the following measures:

    • A mild salt-water solution rinse.
    • A cold compress from outside (above the cheeks) to relieve pain
    • Apply a hot tea bag or wet gauge fro above your cheeks for at least 20 minutes.
    • See your dentist as soon as possible if the bleeding does not stop.

Although you may think it will never happen to you, dental emergencies are quite common. Dental emergencies typically fall into one of two categories: infection that usually occurs from poor oral healthcare and sudden physical injury or trauma. If a dental emergency occurs, you should call and schedule an appointment with the Emergency Keller dentist immediately at 817-503-0305.

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