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How To Handle Dental Emergencies?

January 7, 2020

Whether it be injured gums or a broken tooth, a dental emergency can really affect your ability to eat, speak, or engage in other normal activities. One good way to avoid unexpected dental emergencies is to avoid using your teeth as tools to open packaging or by giving up hard candies and foods, according to the American Dental Association.

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Even when you have excellent oral hygiene practices and take great care of your mouth, an emergency situation can still develop. Our team at Image Dental & Orthodontics is available whenever you have an emergency, to help resolve your situation. Whenever you have a dental emergency, immediately schedule an appointment with us so that we can put your mind at ease and provide the best possible care so that you are able to quickly return to your normal routine.

Let's take a look at two common dental emergencies and how to handle them:


The pain of a toothache is almost indescribable to anyone who has experienced it. If you are dealing with a toothache, you will want nothing more than to make the pain go away as soon as possible. You can begin by rinsing your mouth with warm water and remove any food from your teeth using dental floss. If your gums are inflamed, you can apply a cold compress to the outer part of your mouth. Do not place aspirin near the area, since this could irritate gum tissue.

Applying clove oil to the area can often help to serve as a temporary anesthetic. An activated charcoal compress can also be placed on the gums near the affected tooth. You should see us as soon as possible when you are dealing with a toothache so that we can help treat the source of the problem and relieve your pain.

Knocked-Out Tooth

If a tooth has been knocked out, you should retrieve it and rinse the tooth by holding it by the crown. The crown is the surface of the tooth. Avoid scrubbing the tooth or removing any tissue fragments attached to it. If possible, attempt to place the tooth back into its socket, making sure to face it in the correct direction. Do not force it into the tooth socket. If you cannot insert the tooth into the tooth socket, place it in a small amount of milk or water containing a pinch of table salt. Contact us as soon as possible for your next steps. A tooth has a good chance of being saved when we are able to treat you within one hour of it being knocked out.

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