Dealing with Dental Emergencies

Dealing with dental emergencies

Even when someone takes proper care of their teeth and wears a mouth guard during sports, oral accidents can happen and have unpleasant results. As they’re called “accidents” they’re difficult to prevent, but it’s a good idea to be prepared for the common dental mishaps and issues that may lead to permanent damage without proper treatment.

Lost permanent tooth

If a permanent tooth gets knocked out somehow, avoid touching the tooth root and handle the tooth by the top portion. Rinse the tooth gently but don’t handle too much. Reinserting the tooth in the socket may work, but it’s best to place it in a cup of water or milk and get to the dentist immediately to save the tooth.

Broken tooth

When trauma or injury breaks a tooth, rinse the injured area with warm water and put cold compresses on the injured area. Save broken tooth fragments if there are any and call the dentist for further instructions.


Toothaches have numerous causes, and it’s important to visit the dentist promptly to diagnose the problem and seek the right treatment. In the interim, make sure the area around the sore teeth is clean, rinse with warm, salt water and if possible, use dental floss to dislodge trapped food debris. When facial swelling accompanies a toothache, apply a cold compress and take acetaminophen to reduce the pain and inflammation. Call the dentist for an appointment as soon as possible.

Cut lip, tongue or cheek

When you cut or bite your lip, tongue or cheek, and there’s bleeding, apply firm, gentle pressure with clean gauze or cloth. If the bleeding continues for longer than 15 minutes and pressure doesn’t stop it, go to the emergency room. If there isn’t any bleeding, apply a cold compress to the area and contact your doctor about the next step.

Mouth sores

Mouth sores including cold sore and canker sores usually respond well to treatments available at the pharmacy. However, sores may indicate a more serious disease if they persist so seek dental attention if the sore doesn’t heal within two weeks.

It’s important to avoid oral health problems or lessen their impact when accidents or mishaps happen. At Chianese Dental, we can create custom mouth guards to protect your teeth during sports and work with you to resolve any oral health issues. If you have any dental concerns, urgent or otherwise, contact our office today for advice or to schedule an exam.


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