Emergency Dental Procedures

Managing a dental emergency can be complicated when you or a loved one is in pain, but a speedy and proper reaction can help save a tooth in danger.

In case a tooth is accidentally partially knocked out, you must not try and pull it out harshly if the tooth has not fully come out. The tooth must be gently inserted and held in its socket until you see a dentist. On the other hand, if the tooth does come out fully, you must rinse it well and keep it safe until you meet with your dentist. In the event that you bite your tongue, you must apply pressure directly to the bleeding area with a clean cloth, and if the lip is swollen, you can apply cold compresses to reduce the swelling. If bleeding does not stop, you must get to a dental hospital emergency room, as soon as possible.

Another emergency situation centers on braces and retainers. If a wire is causing soreness and irritation, cover the end of the wire with a small cotton ball until you can get to the dentist. If a wire gets stuck in your cheek, tongue or gum tissue, do not try to remove it on your own but go to your dentist immediately. If a part of the brace breaks off, take the appliance and the piece along with you to the dentist. If you have a nasty fall and suspect a broken jaw, secure the jaw in place by trying a cloth around the jaw and over the head. If you see swelling, apply cold compresses and go immediately to a hospital emergency room.