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3 Steps to Take When Dealing with a Dental Emergency

Last updated 6 years ago

A dental emergency can be the cause of injury, infection, or poor oral hygiene. Do you know what to do in the event of a dental emergency? Make sure that you’re prepared with these three tips.

1. Clean the Area

The first step when dealing with a dental emergency is to clean the affected area. For example:

  • Knocked-Out Tooth: When a permanent tooth has been knocked out, gently rinse the area to remove dirt and debris. You will also want to keep the dislodged tooth in your mouth, as the saliva will help preserve it—just be careful not to swallow the tooth or push it back into the damaged socket. You may also consider placing the tooth in a cup of milk until you can seek medical attention.
  • Broken Tooth: Rinse your mouth out with warm water, locating and saving any broken tooth fragments.
  • Loose Tooth: Use pressure to gently reposition the tooth to its normal alignment. Hold the tooth in place with a tissue or moist gauze to reduce bleeding.
  • Laceration: A laceration to the tongue, lip, or cheek lining should be cleaned with hydrogen peroxide or water and a soft rag. If the bleeding does not stop after 15 minutes, then you’ll need to seek immediate care.

2. Apply Ice

Regardless of the injury, you’ll want to apply ice or a cold compress to reduce inflammation and swelling. Just be sure to wrap the compress in a soft towel or tissue before applying it to the area.

3. See Your Emergency Dentist

You’ll want to see a NYC dental professional even if you have stopped the bleeding or replaced a loose tooth in order to rule out additional injuries or infection. The sooner you see your emergency dental clinic, the better your chances of saving a dislodged or broken tooth.

Here at Central Park West Dentistry, our emergency dentists understand that dental accidents are an unfortunate part of life. No matter what the emergency, our dentists will ensure that you’re immediately taken care of and smiling again in no time. Visit us today!



The materials available at this website are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing medical or dental advice. You should contact your dentist to obtain advice with respect to any particular dental issue or problem. Use and access to this website or any of the links contained within the site do not create a dentist-client relationship. The opinions expressed at or through this site are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the dental office or any individual dentist or medical professional.


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