5 Tips for Handling a Dental Emergency

Dental emergencies happen, and knowing what to do when one occurs may mean the difference between saving a tooth or losing one.

No matter whether it’s a broken tooth, abscess, lost filling, or just a toothache—you should reach out to our dentist in El Paso, TX for help. Dental emergencies can sometimes lead to more serious oral issues or the loss of a tooth. In this article, we’ll go over 5 tips to help you in case of a dental emergency. Whatever you do, don’t ignore the problem or dismiss addressing the issue, even if the pain subsides.

Stay Calm

If you have just suffered from a dental emergency, the first thing you should try to do is stay calm and remember the following tips:

  • Only touch the crown of the tooth. Do not touch the roots.
  • Try to replace the tooth into the socket.
  • Place the tooth in a glass of milk, store it in a cup of spit, or keep it safely under your tongue and get to a dentist. Your tooth has the best chance of survival if it’s returned to the socket within an hour.

Act Quickly for a Knocked-Out Tooth

Teeth will begin to die within 15 minutes of being knocked out of the gum. Dentists agree that there is about a 30-minute window of time in which there is a good chance of saving a removed tooth. That is why it is essential to act quickly and get to our emergency dentist or endodontist as soon as possible.

Rinse with Warm Water

Try to rinse your mouth with a warm or room temperature salt-water solution. Use a moistened piece of gauze, tea bag, or paper towel to apply pressure to the affected and bleeding site. Hold in place for 15 to 20 minutes.

Use a Cold Press and Apply Pressure

To both control bleeding and relieve pain, hold a cold compress to the outside of the mouth or cheek in the affected area till you get to a dentist to reduce swelling.

Call Us Immediately!

As soon as you experience an oral injury or dental emergency, contact our team at East El Paso Dentist immediately. We’ll set you up with a same-day dental appointment to make sure you can get the care you need. Call us at (915) 621-2880, or send us a message through our Contact Us page.