Dental Emergencies and What To Do

Dental emergencies can be very uncomfortable and painful but even worse some can be life threatening. Dealing with the head and neck it is important to seek care immediately when a problem arises. The biggest risk of a dental problem is swelling. Whether from a broken tooth or periodontal disease swelling of the face can be deadly by closing off your airway. If you notice swelling get in to see a dentist right away and if you have any difficulty breathing call 911.

Tips to Avoid Dental Emergencies:

  • Routine Dental Exam every 6 months
  • Update X-rays every 12 months
  • Daily Brushing and Flossing
  • Receive recommended care such as crowns, fillings
  • Drink water regularly

What to Do When an Emergency Occurs:

  • Schedule with Dentist (if non-life threatening)
  • Put cold packs on side of swelling (avoid using heat)
  • If out of town temporary filling material is available at pharmacys

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One Response to “Dental Emergencies and What To Do”

  1. Susan H says:

    I agree that one should seek immediate care when it comes to dental emergencies. When I was a little girl, my uncle broke his tooth and didn’t do anything about it for months. When he couldn’t take the pain anymore, he finally went to a general dentist and had it taken care of.