Dental emergencies can strike at any time, leaving you in pain and uncertainty. Knowing how to handle these situations can make a significant difference in the outcome of your dental health. Whether it’s a toothache, chipped tooth, or a lost filling, immediate dental care is crucial.

Dental Emergencies and Immediate Dental Care Actions


Toothaches can be debilitating. If you’re experiencing a severe toothache, rinse your mouth with warm water and gently use dental floss to remove any food caught between your teeth. If the pain persists, contact Smile 360 Dental Specialists for an emergency appointment.

2. Chipped or Broken Teeth

Save any pieces of the broken tooth and rinse your mouth and the fragments with warm water. If there’s bleeding, apply a piece of gauze to the area for about 10 minutes or until the bleeding stops.

3. Knocked-Out Tooth

Hold the tooth by the crown and rinse the root in water if it’s dirty. Do not scrub or remove any attached tissue fragments. If possible, try to put the tooth back in place, but never force it. If that’s not possible, place it in a small container of milk (or cup of water that contains a pinch of table salt, if milk is not available) and get to Smile 360 Dental Specialists immediately.

4. Lost Filling or Crown

For fillings, seal the hole with a piece of sugarless gum or over-the-counter dental cement. If a crown falls off, save the crown and see if you can slip it back over the tooth. Before doing so, coat the inner surface with over-the-counter dental cement, toothpaste, or denture adhesive to help hold the crown in place. Do not use super glue!

5. Dental Abscess

Dental Abscess is an infection that occur around the root of a tooth or in the space between the teeth and gums. They can cause serious damage to the tissues and surrounding teeth, with the infection possibly spreading to other parts of the body if left untreated.
Because of the serious oral health and general health problems that can result from an abscess, see your dentist as soon as possible. In the meantime, to ease the pain and draw the pus toward the surface, try rinsing your mouth with a mild saltwater solution (1/2 teaspoon of table salt in 8 ounces of water) several times a day.

6. Soft-Tissue Injuries

For injuries to the soft tissues, which include the tongue, cheeks, gums, and lips, clean the area immediately with warm water. If the wound is bleeding, press a piece of moistened gauze against the affected area for 15-20 minutes. To control bleeding and relieve pain, hold a cold compress to the outside of the mouth or cheek in the affected area for 5-10 minutes.

In all cases, it’s important to see a dentist as soon as possible. Smile 360 dental office offers emergency hours or will be able to refer you to an emergency dentist. Remember, quick action can save a tooth, prevent infection, and reduce the need for extensive dental treatment.

Preventing Dental Emergencies

Maintaining good oral hygiene and regular check-ups are the best ways to prevent dental emergencies. Smile 360 Dental Specialists offer comprehensive dental care and advice on how to avoid common dental issues.

Don’t let a dental emergency disrupt your life. Contact Smile 360 Dental Specialists at the first sign of discomfort. Our state-of-the-art clinic and expert team are equipped to handle all your dental needs, ensuring you get back to your best smile quickly and comfortably. Visit us at to learn more or to schedule an appointment.