Emergency Dental Care: Here to Help with Any Dental Crisis

Dental emergencies are both terrifying and unpleasant. To ease discomfort and provide the teeth the best chance of life, prompt treatment is nearly always essential.
Teeth can be cracked as a result of trauma, grinding, or biting on hard objects. Fillings, crowns, and other restorative devices can also be damaged or fall out of the mouth altogether in other instances.

 It is critical to contact our office as soon as possible if you are experiencing significant discomfort. Oral emergencies usually worsen without care. In addition, dental problems might put one’s physical health in jeopardy.

Common Dental Emergencies and Handling Tips

Avulsed Tooth (Tooth Knocked Out)
It is critical to see a dentist immediately if a tooth has been knocked out of the mouth. Tissues, nerves, and blood vessels are injured when a tooth leaves the mouth. If the tooth can be reinserted into its socket within an hour, the tissues may be able to support the tooth once more.


Here are a few things you can do:

  • Please contact our office.
  • Rinse the tooth with warm water after picking it up by the crown. DO NOT GET YOUR HANDS ON THE ROOT.
  • Place it back into its socket if feasible; if not, tuck it inside the cheek pouch.
  • If you can’t get the tooth into your mouth, put it in a cup of milk, saliva, or water as a final option. It’s critical not to let the tooth dry up.
  • Arrive at our office in a timely and safe manner.
We’ll try to put the tooth back in its original socket. The tooth may reconnect in some circumstances, but if the inner mechanics of the teeth are severely injured, root canal therapy may be required.

Cracked or Broken Teeth

Although the teeth are strong, they are susceptible to fractures, cracks, and breaks. Fractures can be relatively painless at times, but if the crack goes deep into the root, the pain is likely to be severe. Fractures, cracks, and breaks can occur in a variety of ways, although they are most commonly caused by trauma, grinding, and biting. There is no choice but to book an appointment as soon as possible if a tooth has been shattered or cracked.

Following are some steps that can be taken at home if a tooth part has been broken off:
  • Please contact our office.
  • Using lukewarm water, rinse your mouth.
  • If there is bleeding, apply gauze to the area for ten minutes.
  • To reduce swelling and pain, place a cold, moist clean dishtowel over the face.
What we can do will be limited by the nature of the break or fracture. Root canal therapy is often the most efficient technique to keep a tooth if a fracture or crack spreads into the root. In the event of a total break, your dentist may need to extract the broken tooth.

Note: It is critical to contact our office as soon as possible to schedule an appointment. In the event of swelling and or sever pain/discomfort you should seek medical care

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Lost Filling or Crown

A crown or filling usually comes loose when eating. The damaged tooth may be extremely sensitive to temperature changes and pressure once it is removed from the mouth. The tooth beneath the crown usually decays, causing the crown to loosen. The deterioration affects the shape of the teeth, causing the crown to no longer fit.


Make an appointment with us as soon as possible if a crown has fallen out of your mouth. The teeth may shift or suffer more damage if the crown is removed from the mouth for an extended length of time.

Here are the actions to take if we are not immediately available:

  • Please contact our office.
  • To relieve pain, apply clove oil (eugenol) to the tooth.
  • Clean the crown and use dental cement to secure it to the tooth. This is available from a local pharmacy.
  • To relieve discomfort if the crown is lost, smear dental cement on the top of the tooth.
  • To attach the crown, DO NOT USE ANY TYPE OF GLUE.
We’ll examine the possibility of recementing your existing crown. If deterioration is discovered, it will be addressed and a replacement crown will be constructed.

Please contact our office in Riverside, if you have any questions or concerns regarding a dental emergency.

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