Dealing with Dental Emergencies

Knowing how to handle a dental emergency can minimize damage to your teeth and gums. Familiarize yourself with common dental emergencies, and in the event of an accident, seek treatment as soon as possible.

Common Dental Emergencies

Broken Tooth

Rinse mouth and any tooth fragments with warm water. Apply a cold compress to your face to reduce swelling.

Knocked Out Tooth

Hold the crown (top) of the tooth, and do not touch the root. If dirty, rinse gently with water, and leave any tissue intact. Try to place tooth in its socket, but do not force it. You can alternatively store the tooth in milk. See a dentist as soon as possible.

Object Stuck in Teeth

Use floss to gently dislodge the object. Never use sharp instruments, which can injure your teeth or gums.

Injury to your Lips, Tongue or Gums

Clean with water, apply gauze to the injured area, and a cold compress to your face. If bleeding continues, head to the hospital emergency room.


Rinse with warm water and gently floss to remove food or other objects caught in your teeth. Do not apply aspirin or other pain medications to your teeth or gums. Use a cold compress.

Preventing Dental Emergencies

You can also lessen the risk of injury to your teeth or gums by taking these simple precautions:

  • Wear a mouthguard during sports.
  • Do not chew hard objects.
  • Do not cut tape or other items with your teeth.

Three Tips to Remember in Dental Emergencies

  • Floss gently if you have a toothache or stuck object.
  • Apply cold compresses to reduce swelling.
  • Visit your dentist as soon as possible.

Dental Emergency in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois

You can certainly take steps to avoid and limit damage from dental emergencies, but contacting your dentist promptly after an injury is key to preventing further problems.

If you experience a dental emergency and live in the Bloomington-Normal area, please contact Cottage Dental Care. 309.828.1463.

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