How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
- Rinse your mouth with warm salt water.
- Take an over-the counter pain reliever, such as acetaminophen.
- Gently rub your tooth and gum area with an antiseptic that contains benzocaine.
- Place a cold compress on your cheek to help reduce pain and swelling.
What should I do if I have a dental emergency?
Save any pieces. Rinse the mouth using warm water; rinse any broken pieces. If there’s bleeding, apply a piece of gauze to the area for about 10 minutes or until the bleeding stops. Apply a cold compress to the outside of the mouth, cheek, or lip near the broken/chipped tooth to keep any swelling down and relieve pain.
Can the ER help with tooth pain?
Should I go to the ER for a toothache? Probably not. ER doctors, surgeons, and physicians cannot practice dentistry, and it is extremely rare to find an ER or urgent care center with an emergency dentist on call. Antibiotics can reduce the swelling, which may be necessary before a dentist can perform any treatment.
Can I go to hospital for dental emergency?
For all dental emergencies, it’s important to visit your dentist as soon as possible. Most dentists reserve time in their daily schedules for emergency patients so be sure to call your dentist and provide as much detail as you can about your condition.
What is the most common dental emergency?
Common dental emergencies include pulpitis, abscesses, cellulitis, pericoronitis, and broken, loose or missing teeth. Inflammation or infection of the pulp, or nerve of the tooth, is called pulpitis.You may experience pain after eating hot or cold foods.