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How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies

Your Dentist Is Prepared to Help

Woman in bed with a toothache

Below, we go into more detail about some of the most common dental emergencies. Find out what they are and how to handle it if one happens to you or someone you love! Don’t stress or feel embarrassed if you’re experiencing an issue. That is precisely what your emergency dentist in Plano is here for!


Man with toothache at the dentist

This is one of the most common dental emergencies. Don’t hesitate to contact our office if you have a toothache -- in the worst cases, the infection can spread throughout the body and put your overall health at risk. In the meantime, you can take over-the-counter pain medicine to control discomfort. Keeping your head elevated will help to prevent swelling and keep you more comfortable, too. Once you make it to our office, an emergency root canal may help save the tooth from extraction, but we will not hesitate to remove the tooth if that is the best option.

Knocked-Out Teeth

Woman with toothache

A tooth may become knocked out due to facial trauma or a sports injury (one of the most common reasons for dental emergencies). Act fast -- if you take the right steps and are able to visit our office within an hour of the tooth’s loss, reattachment may be possible. Collect the tooth and rinse it in warm (but not hot) water. Do not scrub the tooth. Attempt to place it back into the empty socket if that’s possible -- if not, wrap it in plastic wrap or store it in a cup of milk or water until you can reach our office.

Lost Crown/Filling

If a crown or filling comes out, you may be able to replace it with a denture adhesive or temporary filling glue that you can find at the pharmacy. Remember that this is a temporary solution -- schedule an appointment with our office right away.

Broken Teeth

Rinse your mouth out to remove any possible remaining shards. Collect any larger remaining pieces and schedule an appointment with our office right away. Using an ice pack can help to reduce swelling and make you more comfortable in the meantime.

Something Stuck between Teeth

If you have something (a foreign object) lodged between your teeth, do not try to remove it with anything other than dental floss. Don’t be embarrassed -- this is more common than you might think! Give your emergency dentist a call right away and we can safely remove it with special tools and an expert touch.

Soft Tissue Injury

If you are bleeding from the soft tissues of your mouth, like the lips, cheeks, tongue, or gums, try to stop or slow the blood flow by placing continual pressure on the wound with a clean gauze or cloth. Then, get in touch with our office. If the blood continues for 10 minutes, however, you should go straight to the emergency room.

Lost Temporary Crown/Veneer

It is not unusual for a temporary crown or veneer to come off. Let us know right away. If your follow-up appointment is soon, you may want to wait it out and reattach the restoration with a denture adhesive or temporary glue. If not, we may advise you to come into the office for a repair.

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