What You Should Do in Case of a Dental Emergency

What You Should Do in Case of a Dental Emergency

Posted by Dr. Bray on Jun 16 2021, 04:07 AM

A dental emergency can occur anywhere: at home, on a vacation, or during a party. The immediate steps you take right after such an incident can make a massive difference in the outcome. It can be the reason for you to lose your teeth or save them. As a rule of thumb, you should immediately let your dentist know about the situation and rush to their office. But, that may not always be possible. So, here are a few things you need to do:

What constitutes a Dental Emergency?

Here is a checklist to help you understand what constitutes a dental emergency:

  • Are you experiencing severe pain?
  • Do you have a broken or loose tooth?
  • Did you get hit in the mouth or the face?
  • Do you have any swelling in and around the mouth?
  • Do you notice any knots or bulges in your mouth?

If your answer is yes to any of these, you should take the appropriate steps, as mentioned below.

Treating Different Dental Emergencies

  • If you bite your tongue or lip after a fall and start bleeding as a result, clean the area with water gently. Apply a cold compress once done to keep the wounded area from swelling up.
  • If your tooth is knocked out permanently, make sure to place it in a bottle of milk, place it between the gums and teeth, or see if you can place it back in the socket without disturbing the tooth root. Get to your dentist’s office as soon as you can.
  • If you have a horrible toothache, rinse your mouth with water to dislodge any food particles stuck between your teeth. You can also floss to achieve the same result.
  • If you have a cracked tooth, rinse your mouth with warm water. Next, apply a cold compress to prevent the gum from swelling up.
  • If you have objects stuck in your mouth, try to floss them out. Don’t use any sharp objects to get rid of them, as you may unintentionally hurt yourself.

Knowing what to do when an unfortunate dental emergency occurs helps you protect your teeth and prevent the damage from getting worse.


Schedule an emergency visit with Bray Family Dental located at Cottonwood Heights, Salt Lake City. Call (801) 943-9090 and let us know in advance. Our dentists will be ready to wheel you in to give you the necessary care.

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