How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies

Even if you practice proper dental hygiene and go in for regular dental cleanings, you’re not immune to dental emergencies. You might lose a tooth, break a tooth, or experience an abscess, all of which can be considered emergencies. Here’s a look at how you can handle some of the more common dental emergencies.

Lost Tooth

If for any reason you happen to lose an adult tooth, the first thing you should do is attempt to find it. Even if it falls onto the ground, pick the tooth up by its crown and gently rinse it off. While a dental implant can do a perfectly good job of retaining your bone mass and restoring your smile after you lose a tooth, it’s nice to keep your natural teeth in place. Try to reinsert the tooth back into its socket, and store it between your gum and cheek or in a glass of milk if you’re unsuccessful. Then you can head to your general dentistry practice to seek professional treatment.

Broken Tooth

A broken tooth can be a painful dental emergency. As is the case with lost teeth, you should try to find and hold onto any pieces of your natural tooth that have fallen out of your mouth. Rinse the broken pieces of your tooth in warm water and use a cold compress to relieve any swelling. Your dentist may recommend dental bonding in order to restore your broken tooth.


An abscess is an infection that starts in the tooth but may spread throughout your body. This type of infection can be serious, so you should contact your general dentistry practice as soon as you can. Rinse out your mouth with warm salt water to reduce the pain and draw out the infection until then.

Dental emergencies can be painful, so don’t wait to contact Associated Dental Care on Bloomingdale Road or call Eagle Falls Dentistry on Stratford Drive at (630) 894-5992 if you’re suffering. It’s our job as dentists to do everything we can to alleviate your symptoms and keep you comfortable and healthy. Visit our website to learn about our dental bonding, implant dentures, and other dental services near Bloomingdale, IL.

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