A Guide to Common Dental Emergencies

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Let's face it, dental emergencies can be stressful. A throbbing toothache or a chipped tooth can put a damper on your day, and the unknown can make it worse. But fear not! This blog is here to shed light on the most common dental emergencies and equip you with some at-home tips to tide you over until you can see us at Phoenix Dental Design.

Common Dental Emergencies:

  • Toothache:  Toothaches can arise from a variety of causes, including cavities, gum disease, or even a sinus infection. For temporary relief, try over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Apply a cold compress to the outside of your cheek or jaw to reduce swelling. Rinse the mouth with warm water to clean it out.
  • Knocked-out Tooth:  Time is of the essence! If a tooth gets knocked out, gently rinse it with clean water (avoid scrubbing the root). Try to put the tooth back into its socket, but don't force it. If that's not possible, store the tooth in milk and head to the dentist immediately!
  • Cracked or Broken Tooth:  A cracked or broken tooth can be sharp and painful. Rinse your mouth with warm salt water and apply a cold compress to your cheek or jaw to manage swelling. If you bite your tongue or lip, clean the area gently with water and apply a cold compress.
  • Lost Filling or Crown:  A lost filling or crown can leave your tooth vulnerable. If possible, save the filling or crown and bring it with you to your appointment. In the meantime, you can also pick up some temporary cement in the oral care aisle at a local drugstore. Can't find any? Use a very small amount if toothpaste inside the crown and press lightly into place. When the toothpaste dries, it should work just like temporary cement.

Important Tips:

  • Stay Calm: Dental emergencies can be stressful, but panicking won't help. Take a deep breath and focus on what you can control.
  • Call Us As Soon As Possible:  Even with temporary at-home solutions, a dental emergency requires professional attention.  Contact our office as soon as possible to schedule an appointment. We can be reached at (602) 956-2241.
  • Maintain Good Oral Hygiene:  Brushing and flossing regularly can help prevent future emergencies.

Remember:  This blog provides general information and shouldn't be a substitute for professional dental advice.  If you're experiencing a dental emergency, contact Phoenix Dental Design to schedule an appointment.