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Dental Emergency: How to Respond and What to Do

A dental emergency can happen unexpectedly, causing pain and discomfort. We also understand how stressful it can be when faced with these issues and unsure how to handle them. Knowing how to respond swiftly and appropriately during a dental emergency can significantly minimize damage and allow the chance for a successful recovery. In a previous article, we discussed a few instances that are considered dental emergencies. This month at Smile Boutique, we’re providing some essential tips to manage these situations as you wait for your emergency appointment.

Severe Toothache

If you’ve developed a severe toothache, start by rinsing your mouth with warm water and cleaning the area. Use dental floss to gently remove any food particles or debris. If your mouth is swollen, apply a cold compress to the outside of your cheek to reduce the swelling and alleviate pain. 

If you’re able to, take over-the-counter pain relievers or aspirin. However, avoid putting them directly on the affected area as it may burn your gum tissue. It’s important to contact your dentist as soon as possible to schedule an emergency appointment.

Broken or Fractured Tooth

If you have a broken tooth, rinse your mouth with warm water and clean the affected area. If you’re experiencing bleeding, apply a piece of gauze or a clean cloth to the area for approximately 10 minutes or until the bleeding stops. 

You can also apply a cold compress to the outside of the affected area to reduce swelling and relieve any pain. If you have tooth fragments, gather them and bring them to the dentist when you visit your emergency appointment.

Lost or Damaged Dental Filling or Crown

If a filling or crown becomes dislodged, avoid chewing on that side. You should also be cautious while eating and drinking to prevent further discomfort. Rinse your mouth with warm saltwater to keep the area clean. Proceed to call your dentist to schedule an appointment to have the filling or crown repaired or replaced. 


Have a dental emergency? Contact Smile Boutique.

Keep in mind, this is not a complete list of dental emergencies that may occur. If you have any additional questions, discussing them with your dentist to explore all your treatment options is crucial. We encourage you to check out our website for more information on our services. We look forward to seeing you!

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