How to Handle 4 Common Dental Emergencies

How to Handle 4 Common Dental Emergencies

Whether you’ve chipped a tooth playing basketball or broken a crown chewing on ice, taking quick action can decrease your dental emergency's likelihood of permanent damage or require more extensive and expensive treatment later.

At A Briter Smile Dental in Highland Park, Los Angeles, California, our team is committed to helping patients enjoy a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. We believe that starts with education and knowing what to do when faced with a dental emergency.

That said, we offer the following steps to take immediately following these common dental mishaps. 

A knocked-out adult tooth

Your teeth are meant to last a lifetime, but accidents happen. Should you have a permanent tooth knocked, there’s a strong chance that we can replant it, provided you take the following steps:

If your tooth doesn’t fit back into the socket easily, try to place it between your cheek and gums or place it in a glass with saliva or milk.

Doing so may enable us to reintegrate the dislodged tooth into your jawbone. 

Should you severely crack a tooth, hold the tooth in place the best you can and call us immediately.

A knocked-out baby tooth

Knocked-out baby teeth are not replanted. However, your child may be a space maintainer. When baby teeth are dislodged prematurely, it can lead to overcrowding in the recently vacated spot. A space maintainer, a metal appliance, can help prevent this.

Tooth pain

The pain from a toothache can surprisingly be all-compassing. If you have a toothache, rinse your mouth with lukewarm saltwater and try some over-the-counter painkillers, such as Tylenol®, to address the discomfort. Under no circumstances place any painkillers directly against the tooth.

Then call us for an appointment, so we diagnose the cause of your pain and remedy it.

Trauma to your mouth

If you’ve been hit in the mouth and sustained bleeding or swelling, carefully rinse with lukewarm saltwater. If you can see the source of the bleeding, try to compress the area with gauze or a tea bag for 10-20 minutes. 

Even if the bleeding subsides, we advise that you make an appointment to see so that we can assess the damage and potentially prescribe antibiotics to minimize your risk of developing an infection.

If your mouth is bleeding uncontrollably, seek emergency care right away.

Broken dental devices

Affixed dental devices can all break, including prosthetics, fillings, and braces. If you break a denture, lose a filling, or crack a crown, be sure to protect the area as best you can, and then call our office. We will fix or replace broken devices and prosthetics quickly.

When you have a dental emergency and for all your oral healthcare needs, call for an appointment or use the convenient online booking tool.

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