Emergency Dentist

Emergency Dentist

Dental issues inflicting the teeth and their supporting structures that require immediate professional attention are categorized under dental emergencies.

Dental emergencies are quite serious and if ignored, cause permanent damage. They are often characterized by excruciating toothache, bleeding, cuts to the gums, fractures, cracks, and dislodging of dental restorations.

What should be done in dental emergencies?

1. Toothache

Toothaches often signal the presence of a dental issue and require immediate professional attention. If you experience an excruciating toothache, you should follow the given steps:

● First, rinse your mouth with lukewarm water and use a flossing thread to remove any trapped food particles.

● In the case of swelling, apply a cold compress or an ice pack to the outside of the mouth to alleviate the swelling.

● Next, take a painkiller to relieve pain. Do not put the painkiller near the tooth or surrounding gums. It will only burn the gum tissues and create more problems.

● Then, visit your dentist as soon as possible. Depending on the type of toothache experienced and its source of origin, the dentist can determine the cause and can provide treatment for the same.

2. Abscess formation

Abscesses are pimple-like swellings that infect the gums, tooth roots, and periodontal pockets. They damage the soft gum tissues and if left untreated, spread to the other parts of the body. If you are suffering from an abscess infection, follow the given steps:

● First, rinse your mouth with warm salt water to kill bacteria and stop the infection from spreading. Repeat this six to eight times a day.

● Then, visit your dentist immediately for professional help.

3. Chipped or broken tooth

An injury to the mouth can cause teeth to chip and break. If you experience a chipped or broken tooth, follow the given steps:

● First, collect all the broken pieces.

● Next, rinse your mouth with lukewarm water.

● Then, rinse the broken pieces and put them in milk or a saline solution.

● In the case of bleeding, bite on a gauze pad for ten to twenty minutes.

● In the case of swelling, apply a cold compress or an ice pack to the outside of the mouth to alleviate the swelling.

● Then, visit your dentist immediately and seek professional treatment.

4. Knocked-out tooth

An injury to the mouth can cause teeth to be knocked out from their socket. If you experience a knocked-out-tooth, follow the given steps.

● First, retrieve the tooth and rinse it with water to remove dirt. Do not remove any attached fragments of tissues. Do not force the tooth into its socket.

● Next, place the tooth in a milk container or a saline solution. 

● Then, rinse your mouth with lukewarm water. In the case of bleeding, bite on a gauze pad for ten to twenty minutes.

● In the case of swelling, apply a cold compress or an ice pack to the outside of the mouth to alleviate the swelling.

● Then, visit your dentist immediately and seek professional treatment. 

Knocked-out teeth can be saved if treatment is provided within 1 hour of being knocked out.

5. Lost dental restoration

In the case of lost dental restoration (crown, bridge, or filling), follow the given steps:

● First, collect the dental restoration. In the case of lost tooth filling, use an over-the-counter-cement to close the cavity. Do not try to attach the dental restoration using super glue.

● Next, apply clove oil to the sensitive areas to alleviate pain. In the case of swelling, apply a cold compress or an ice pack to the outside of the mouth to alleviate the swelling.

● Then, visit your dentist immediately and seek professional treatment.

6. Soft-tissue injuries

Injuries to the tongue, cheeks, gums, and lips, are known as soft-tissue injuries. Soft-tissue injuries often lead to bleeding and swelling. If you encounter these, follow the given steps:

● First, rinse your mouth with warm salt-water.

● Next, place a gauze pad on the injured area to stop the bleeding. Hold the gauze pad in place for fifteen to twenty minutes.

● In the case of swelling, apply a cold compress or an ice pack to the outside of the mouth to alleviate the swelling.

● If the bleeding does not stop, visit your dentist as soon as possible for professional help.

At Westwood Dental, in Draper, Dr. Reynolds and his team employ the best practices of modern dentistry to address your oral health issues. Using state of the art technology, they perform full mouth rehabilitation to provide you the finest smile makeover in Draper, Utah.


If you have any dental concerns, then call us at 801-438-3332 to meet Dr. Reynolds, our emergency dentist, or visit our dental practice at 11576 S. State St., Suite #1201, Draper 8400. You can also email us at [email protected]

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