What to Do in a Dental Emergency

Middle-aged man wearing a gray shirt cringes in pain and touches his cheek due to a toothache

Dental emergencies can happen suddenly and cause distress, especially if you aren’t prepared! But the more you know about what to expect, the less anxiety you will feel when the unexpected happens to you. Here are a few common dental emergencies and tips to handle them.

  1. Lost Adult Tooth
  2. If you have a tooth that falls out due to a blow to the mouth, don’t panic. First, handle the tooth only by its crown and gently clean it with milk or water without scraping, rubbing, or scrubbing it. Keep the tooth moist in a container of milk, water, or saliva. Call us as soon as possible so that we can fit you in and save your tooth. It’s best to get to our office within 15-60 minutes after the injury!

  3. Broken or Chipped Tooth
  4. A blow to the mouth can cause a broken or chipped tooth. Fortunately, a minor chip might be only a cosmetic fix. The injury may not be as urgent as a knocked-out tooth if the tooth isn’t causing you any pain. However, if your tooth feels sensitive and painful, there may be a crack or break exposing your tooth root. You’ll need urgent treatment to repair your tooth and protect its sensitive nerves. Rinse your mouth with 1 cup warm water mixed with 1 teaspoon salt a few times a day to keep your tooth clean until we’re able to see you. Bring any pieces of your tooth to your appointment.

  5. Toothache
  6. A toothache is considered a dental emergency because it can signify a deeper, more serious issue. If you’re in severe pain, it may be a sign of advanced tooth decay, an abscess, or a gum infection. We’ll want to see you to make sure the problem doesn’t worsen. Facial swelling accompanied by pain and/or fever is even more of a reason to be seen ASAP. If your toothache is only mild, floss your teeth to be sure you don’t have any stuck food particles. But if you’ve already flossed and the area is still painful, it could be an early sign of a cavity or tooth sensitivity from bruxism (nighttime tooth clenching). Either problem can be helped with a trip to our office, although these problems are less pressing./p>

  7. Facial Swelling
  8. Swelling can be very serious. If you have swelling that is noticeable, especially if accompanied by a fever or extreme pain, we need you to call us. If you’ve recently had oral surgery, mild swelling is normal for a few days. But if it persists, seems extreme, or is accompanied by profuse bleeding, urgent medical attention is required. If you have trouble breathing, go to the emergency room.

Emergency Dental Care in New Albany

If you have a dental emergency, such as broken dentures, a lost filling or crown, or the situations listed above, River Falls Family Dental is just one phone call away. Our expert team can provide answers to your questions and solutions to your dental problems! Call us at 812-945-5533 for an emergency dental care appointment.

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