How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies Before You Get to the Dentist

Dec 01, 2020

Dental emergencies are worrying, and unfortunately, they occur often, especially among children. A child can knock out her tooth playing or develop a toothache at night without a particular cause.

The first thing to do during an emergency is to seek urgent dental care, but before you get to the dentist, there are several things you can do from home to manage the symptoms. In this blog, we will discuss these approaches. Hopefully, the tips will help you always react appropriately during dental emergencies.

Common Dental Emergencies

If you are not sure if your situation is an emergency, here are a few dental problems we consider dental emergencies.

  • Emergency tooth extraction
  • Orthodontic discomfort for younger children
  • Uncontrollable toothache
  • Knocked-out tooth
  • Excessive oral bleeding
  • Lost crown
  • Emergency dental infection

If you or your child are experiencing any of the above, you should visit an emergency dental clinic as soon as possible. You can count on us if you need emergency dentistry in Providence, RI.

Here is how to handle various oral emergencies before you get to the dentist:


Toothache is probably the most common dental problem. If the pain is mild to moderate, you can take some painkiller and wait for a few hours to see the reaction. However, if the pain is extreme, you might want to get emergency dental care, even if it is at night.

    Be sure to try these tips before you get to the dentist, though.

  • Cleanse the hurting tooth with warm water
  • Brush your teeth and remove any food particles between the teeth.
  • Use the cold-compress method to alleviate pain and swelling if there is any. Dip a piece of cloth in ice-cold water and apply the cloth outside the hurting tooth for about ten to fifteen seconds, taking a 20-second break in each application.
  • Take the recommended painkillers and head to the dentist.

Some people will advise you to place some painkillers on the gums of the hurting tooth. Kindly never do that because it is not advisable. It will only make things worse.

Knocked-Out Tooth

Many people think that it is the end of a tooth once it is knocked-out, but that’s not the case. There is always a chance to save the tooth if you do the right things and act fast. Here is what you should do:

  • Pick the knocked-out tooth by the crown and avoid touching the root.
  • Rinse any debris and dirt on it from the sink. Kindly place a towel on the sink to avoid drowning the tooth.
  • Try to place the tooth on the socket and slowly bite onto it.
  • If the pain is unbearable, place the tooth in a glass of milk or saltwater.
  • Carry the tooth and get to the dentist as fast as possible.

Kindly try to avoid getting any painkillers if there is too much bleeding. Some painkillers may accelerate the bleeding.

Crown Fracture

Whether a crown/tooth fracture is an emergency or not will depend on the severity of the fracture. If it is just a chip, you can wait for a few hours. If it is a severe fracture, you should get to the dentist ASAP to avoid developing infections and complications. In the meantime:

  • Rinse your mouth with warm water
  • Try the ice-cold compress technique to alleviate pain.
  • Pack the fractured piece of tooth in a cup of water or milk.
  • Get to an emergency dentist ASAP.

Injury to the Gums

An injury to the soft tissues, including gums, lips, and tongue, is more of an emergency for an ER than a dental clinic. If you are experiencing uncontrollable bleeding due to an accident, you should try to get to an emergency room as soon as possible. Before you get there, try these tips to help reduce the bleeding.

Warm some water, add some salt and rinse your mouth with it.

Use the cold-compress technique. It helps alleviate pain, swelling, and bleeding.

  • Get to your dentist ASAP
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