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You don’t expect accidents to come happen in your convenience, they happen anytime and mostly at usual times. When you learn to handle dental emergencies, it means the difference between saving and losing a tooth.

Any injury to teeth or gums can be potentially threatening to oral health, and neglecting the demand to eliminate the issue can lead to permanent damage and the need for more extensive and expensive treatment in the long run.

Here are some the effective methods at managing common dental emergencies.


If you have sudden toothache, rinse your mouth thoroughly with warm water. If you notice any lodged food stuck between the teeth, use dental floss to remove it. If the condition is severe and causes you to have swollen mouth, it’s recommended that you apply cold compress to the outside of your mouth. Contact your dentist immediately.

Chipped or Broken Teeth

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In the case of broken or chipped tooth, wash your mouth with warm water immediately.  After cleaning any broken pieces if there is profuse bleeding, apply a piece of gauge to the site for about 10 minutes or until the bleeding stops. You can also try placing a cold compress to the outside of the mouth near the affected area to keep any swelling down and more importantly to alleviate pain. Get in touch with your dentist right away.

Objects between Teeth

Should you realize food, objects that are caught between teeth, the first step is to use dental floss to remove the object carefully. Keep away from using a sharp object to poke at the stuck object and see your dentist immediately.

Lost Filling

While fillings are meant to last for long, there are times when they fall out. When such mishap happens, stick a piece of sugarless gum into the cavity to as a temporary solution. You can also go for over-the-counter dental cement, followed by an immediate visit to your dentistry.

Lost Crown

If the recently placed crown falls off, see your dentist and if possible bring the crown with you to the office. If you are unable to get an appointment immediately, apply clove oil on a swab and place it on the sensitive area. Try getting the crown back over the tooth by coating the inner surface with an over-the-counter dental cement to hold the crown in place.

Tooth Pushed Out Of Position

Use light finger pressure to reposition the tooth to its normal positioning, while biting down to keep it from moving. Do not apply too much force on the tooth and see your dentist immediately.


Typically, abscess around the tooth or in between teeth and gums can lead to severe infection and if left untreated can spread to other parts of the body. The condition possesses a serious threat to oral and overall health and needs an immediate dental supervision. While it takes time to get to the dentist, you can lessen the pain by rinsing your mouth with mild salt water.

Lastly, make it a habit of carrying a dental emergency-care kit that includes your dentist’s phone numbers, gauze, small container with lid and ibuprofen.