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What to Do in the Case of a Dental Emergency

by Skopje Macedonsko

Any injury of the teeth and gums can be quite serious and it should most certainly not be ignored. Ignoring the problem or problems that you might have can lead to serious or permanent damage to your teeth, as well as a more expensive treatment later on.

Here is a list of the most common dental problem, as well as helpful tips on how to deal with the emergency:

1. Toothache – is you are suffering from a toothache, you should try to rinse your mouth with water that is warm and you should also use floss to try and remove any food that is lodged between your teeth. If your mouth is swollen, apply a cold pack to the outside of the area affected or the cheek. You should never put any painkiller or medication close to the gum of the aching tooth, since it can easily burn the gum tissue, creating additional pain and further problems for you and your dentist. You should see your dentist as soon as possible.

What to Do in the Case of a Dental Emergency

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2. Broken or chipped teeth – if possible, try to save all the pieces. You should rinse the broken pieces of the tooth, as well as your mouth with warm water. If there is bleeding caused by the broken tooth or teeth, apply a piece of cloth, napkin, toilet paper, or gauze to the area and keep it under pressure until the bleeding stops. In order to stop the swelling or if you want to relieve pain, apply a cold pack to the cheek, mouth, lip or near the place where the broken tooth is.

3. Knocked-out tooth – you should retrieve the tooth and hold it by the crown which is the part that is exposed in your mouth, rinse the root with water and do not remove or scrub and tissue fragments that are left. If possible, try to put the tooth back in its place and do not force it into the empty socket. If not possible, put the tooth inside a milk container, since in most cases it could be saved by the dentist and returned into the socket within 1 hour of the tooth being knocked out. If the dentist is unable to return it, you can get a dental implant, which according to smileleaguedental.com is one of the most popular replacements for missing or knocked out teeth.

4. Objects caught between the teeth – the first thing you should do is try to remove the object by using dental floss. If you are unable to get the object out, see your dentist as soon as you can. Never use a sharp object like a pin to try and get the object out, since they could hurt your gums or damage the surface of your teeth.

Objects caught between the teeth

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5. Broken braces and wires – if a wire sticks out from your braces or if it is poking your cheek, gum, and tongue, you can try to use the end of an eraser to push the wires into a comfortable position. If you are unable to do so, cover it with wax or a small cotton ball until you are able to see a dentist. Never cut the wire as you might end up swallowing it or breath the wire into your lungs.


These are some of the most common problems that you might come across when it comes to your teeth. Keep in mind that you should always see drpamelali.ca dental clinic in Ottawa or anywhere near your area. In this way, you can avoid further damage to your teeth and gums.

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