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What to Do in a Dental Emergency


Posted on 9/25/2023 by Office of Dr. James A. Krippaehne
What to Do in a Dental EmergencyAn emergency is a situation that needs immediate action, and it has consequences if the action is not taken. Now a dental emergency is an injury to your mouth that leads to uncontrolled bleeding, pain, or breaking of the facial bones. Accidents happen, whether we are ready or not, that does not matter. What we do immediately after the accident happens is the most important thing part. A dental emergency in that case can be a broken tooth, a knocked-out tooth, a toothache, or a mere crack in the teeth. All these needs immediate dental assistance.

Stay calm and assess the situation


The worst thing you can do during any emergency is panic. Panicking leads to impaired judgment and it makes it difficult for the victim to think clearly. Therefore, the first and most important thing during a dental emergency, stay calm. After that, identify the problem at hand or better said, assess the situation. The moment you understand the nature of the problem at hand, you can communicate effectively with the dentist once you seek dental assistance.

Contact dentist immediately


If it is regular business hours, you are advised to call our dentist's office. If it is outside normal business hours, you should opt for dental care options like emergency rooms for serious injuries. The importance of seeking medical advice is because the professionals are equipped with skills to handle and provide guidance in emergencies.

Before seeing a dentist


If the situation is out of hand and you cannot access medical advice as fast, you are advised to follow the following steps. If your tooth has been knocked out entirely, you should store it in milk. However, you can try to put it back in its place and hold it down by biting a handkerchief. This will help to save it from permanent loss. If the tooth is chipped, save the pieces and store them in milk. These steps will help preserve your tooth before getting access to dental assistance. Reach us today for your dental check-up.
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