Any dental emergency like an injury to the teeth or gums can be potentially serious and should not be ignored. Ignoring a dental problem can increase the risk of permanent damage as well as the need for more extensive and expensive treatment later on. Find out how to handle some of the most common dental emergencies!


Rinse your mouth out with warm water if your tooth is hurting
Use dental floss to remove food that could be lodged between teeth
Use a cold compress to help with any swelling
Don’t put aspirin or other painkillers directly on the tooth or gums

Chipped Tooth

Rinse your mouth with warm water and flush out any pieces of tooth
Save any pieces that have chipped off and bring to the dentist
Use gauze to stop any bleeding in the gums, lips, or cheeks
Apply a cold compress to the painful area

Knocked Out Tooth

Hold the tooth by the crown and rinse it off
Don’t remove any tissue that’s still attached to the tooth
Try to place the tooth back in its socket
If you can’t put it back, put it in milk or salt water on your way to the dentist

Stuck Object

Try using dental floss to remove whatever is stuck
If you can’t dislodge it, don’t use anything that could scratch your enamel.

Lost Crown

Don’t panic! Crowns can come loose and fall off occasionally. 
Save the crown and bring it to the dentist with you
If you have tooth pain, you can try to reaffix the crown temporarily
Use toothpaste, dental cement, or denture adhesive to help hold it in place until your dentist replaces it

Abscess or Infection

Look for a small, painful, pimple-like swelling on the gums
Rinse with warm salt water to help relieve pain and swelling and see your dentist immediately.

If you have a dental emergency, don’t wait until the pain is unbearable to get it fixed. Use these tips to provide temporary relief for your tooth troubles until you can see your dentist.

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