How to handle the most Common Dental Emergencies

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Dental emergencies or dental traumas can happen for several reasons, majorly due to accidents. Injury to the teeth or gums can be risky and should never be disregarded. Here’s what you can do to handle the following common dental emergencies until you meet an emergency dentist.

  1. Loss of Filling: Rinse the cavity with warm water. Use a cotton ball by pressing it firmly onto the cavity. This would help you survive through the ordeal until you meet your dentist.
  1. Loss of Crown or Cap: Missing crown doesn’t trouble you immediately, but if left untreated it can be bothersome especially when you eat. Wait no more than two days to get it treated. Placing a temporary cap or dental wax would help before getting treatment.
  1. Toothache: Toothaches are the most painful forms of dental emergency one can possibly have. Rinse your mouth immediately using warm water and use a cold compress for about 20 minutes against your cheeks. Doing so can prevent swelling.
  1. Chipped or Broken Tooth: To save chipped or dislodged teeth, rinse your mouth as well as the detached tooth with warm water. Apply cotton or gauze on the area for about 10 minutes, in case of bleeding.
  1. Knocked-Out Tooth: It is best to meet your emergency dentist in less than an hour to save your tooth. But before that, don’t forget to keep your tooth in a container of milk or salt water.

To avoid any adversities, follow these useful procedures to get through dental emergencies. Make sure you have an emergency dentist to count on, as emergencies come without notice.

Resource Box: The author is a proficient dentist in North Sydney dealing with dental emergencies for over 5 years now at McMahons Point Health. For more, visit

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