5 common dental emergencies

dental emergencies
dental emergencies

Painful dental emergencies can happen at any time, which is why knowing how to handle them can make a big difference in the outcome. Your dentist sees a variety of emergencies in the practice daily, and we wanted to share these common causes with you so you’re better prepared if you find yourself in the same situation.



dental emergency is an condition involving the teeth and supporting tissues that are of high importance to be treated by the relevant dental professional. Dental Emergencies do not always involve pain, although this is a common signal that something needs to be looked at. Pain can originate from the tooth, surrounding tissues or can have the sensation of originating in the teeth but be caused by an independent source . Depending on the type of pain experienced an experienced clinician can determine the likely cause and can treat the issue as each tissue type gives different messages in a dental emergency.


If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, first thing you should do is call your dentist for further instruction. Many dentists have an emergency number you can call if it’s after regular business hours. If you don’t have a dentist, go to an urgent care center or your nearest emergency room.


Examples of dental emergencies include:

  • Severe toothh PAIN.
  • Badly chipped cracked tooth.
  • knocked out tooth.
  • Dental abscess
  • Lost or broken filling/crown
  • Severe soft tissue injury (like a busted lip or deep cut).

Here’s how you can manage each of these dental emergencies until you see your dentist:

List of Dental Emergencies

1. Toothache: 

A toothache can be caused by a variety of things, such as a cavity, infection, or injury. To help alleviate the pain, you can rinse your mouth with warm saline water, use a dental floss to remove any food that may be stuck, and take over-the-counter pain medication like ibuprofen. If the pain persists, you should make an appointment with your dentist.

2. Chipped or Broken Tooth: 

Teeth which have been chipped or cracked may or may not be painful.If you chip or break a tooth, rinse your mouth with warm water and apply cold compresses to the affected area to reduce swelling. If the tooth is painful, take over-the-counter pain medication. If the tooth is chipped, your dentist may be able to repair it. If the tooth is broken, sometimes an extraction or root canal may be necessary.

3. Lost Filling or Crown: 

If you loose a filling or crown prosthesis, try to find the lost piece and bring it with you to your dentist at appointment as your dentist may be able to reattach it. In the meantime, sugarless gum to temporarily seal the tooth.

4. Knocked-Out Tooth: 

If you knock out a tooth, try to find the tooth and hold it by the crown (the white part) without touching the root. Rinse the tooth off with water and try to put it back in the socket. If that’s not possible, put the tooth in a cup of milk or water and make a visit with your dentist as soon as possible for the best chance of saving the tooth. Act quickly, within 30 minutes, and visit the nearest dentist or endodontist.

5. Soft Tissue Injury:

 If you bite your tongue, lip, or cheek, rinse your mouth with warm water and apply cold compresses to the affected area to reduce swelling. If the bleeding doesn’t stop, go to the emergency room.

If you experience a dental emergency, it’s important to remain calm and act quickly. By knowing how to handle these common emergencies, you’ll be better prepared to deal with them and minimize the damage.

Preventing dental injuries/dental-emergencies

Always wear a mouthguard when you train for and play sports where your teeth could get damaged, such as football, rugby, soccer, basketball, netball, water polo or hockey.

A dental professional can make you a custom fitted mouthguard to give your teeth the best protection.


It’s important to remember that prevention is key. Regular visits with our team is one way you can stay on top of your oral health. If you’re in need of a visit, give us a call at Infinity Dental best dental clinic in Lucknow

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