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How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies

November 14, 2019

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Accidents happen, and your teeth are no exception. You can’t always know when a dental emergency is going to strike, or how to prevent them in the first place. However, knowing what to do when one occurs can mean the difference between losing and saving a tooth. The first thing you should do when an emergency happens is to call your emergency dentist in Scarborough. There are a few things you can do in the meantime, though. Read on below to learn them.

Knocked-Out Tooth

When a tooth is knocked out, time is of the essence. You have an hour at most to see your dentist and get the tooth successfully reimplanted. The most important thing here, besides time, is to keep the tooth moist. If you can, try placing the tooth back in the socket, making sure it’s facing the right direction. If that’s not possible, hold the tooth in between your cheek and gums. You could also place it in a container of saltwater or milk until you can see your emergency dentist in Scarborough.

Cracked Tooth

First, rinse your mouth out with warm water. Gather any pieces of the tooth that may have broken off and save them. The dentist may be able to reattach them. To keep any swelling down, apply cold compresses to the appropriate side of the face.

Bitten Tongue or Lip

Gently clean the area with water to rinse out any blood. Apply some gauze to the area to stop bleeding, as well as a cold compress to cut down on swelling.


Rinse your mouth with warm water to dislodge any object that may be causing your discomfort. Take an over-the-counter pain reliever like ibuprofen until you can see your dentist. Just be sure that if you take aspirin, do NOT place it directly on the affected tooth. Doing so can irritate the gum tissue and make your pain worse.

Objects Stuck in Mouth

If there is a tiny object stuck in between your teeth, rinse with warm water. If that doesn’t dislodge the object, then gently try to remove it with dental floss. Whatever you do, do NOT attempt to remove the object with a sharp object like a toothpick. You could end up damaging the soft tissue in your mouth and making the problem worse.

Remember, your first step in a dental emergency should be to call your dentist. Keep these tips in mind, and you may be able to keep your smile as intact as possible.

About the Author

Dr. Samantha Amaro received her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston. She currently practices at White Willow Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Scarborough, ON. Her professional affiliations include the Ontario Dental Association, the Royal College of Dental Surgeons, the Toronto Academy of Dentistry, and the Academy of General Dentistry. If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, don’t hesitate to contact her practice at 416-285-4545.

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