The 6 Most Common Dental Emergencies

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Ever wondered how to navigate a dental emergency without feeling like you’re in a toothy tango? From knocked-out teeth to unexpected toothaches, dental mishaps can leave us in a state of distress. Luckily, knowing about the common dental emergencies that might have you doing a dental emergency dance can help you prepare.

Let’s dive into the cracked tooth chronicles, brace yourself for broken braces, and explore preventive measures to keep your smile out of gum abscess alley in this blog from Village Green Dental Care.


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1. Toothache 

A toothache can feel like a storm brewing in your mouth, causing sleepless nights and endless discomfort. Dental decay, gum disease, or even a hidden crack might be the root cause. Rinse your mouth with warm water, floss gently to remove any debris, and see your dentist ASAP.

Brush and floss regularly – give your teeth the VIP treatment they deserve!

2. Cracked Tooth 

Cracked teeth can be painful and inconvenient. Biting on hard objects or grinding your teeth at night may be the culprits. If you find yourself in a cracked tooth situation, rinse your mouth with warm water, apply a cold compress, and get to the dentist promptly.

Break up with bad habits like chewing ice or using your teeth as tools. Your teeth will appreciate it later!

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3. Knocked-Out Tooth 

Picture your tooth taking an unscheduled exit – not a fun scenario! A knocked-out tooth can result from a sports injury or an unexpected incident. If it occurs, handle the tooth by the crown, not the root. Rinse it gently, place it back into the socket, or store it in milk on your way to an emergency dentist.

Safeguard your smile with a mouthguard during contact sports. It’s like armour for your teeth!

4. Lost Filling

Lost a filling? It’s like losing the key to your tooth’s comfort zone. Grab some sugar-free gum to cover the gap temporarily and make a beeline for your emergency dentist.

Regular dental check-ups help catch these issues before they turn into a dental emergency.

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5. Broken Braces

Braces are hard at work aligning your teeth, but sometimes they face unexpected battles. If a wire or bracket decides to go rogue, use dental wax to cover the sharp edges and get in touch with your orthodontist.

Stick to orthodontic guidelines and avoid chewy or hard foods to keep your braces in good shape.

6. Gum Abscess 

A gum abscess is like an unwelcome party – painful and unpleasant. It’s usually a sign of infection, so don’t delay seeking emergency dental care. Warm salt water rinses can provide temporary relief until you reach the professionals. Maintain good oral hygiene, and your gums will be less likely to host an unexpected party. Remember, prevention is the key to keeping dental emergencies at bay. Regular dental check-ups, a mindful approach to oral hygiene, and a touch of common sense can go a long way in preserving your winning smile. 

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Curious about how to safeguard your smile in the face of dental emergencies? Please contact us at Village Green Dental Care, we understand that unexpected mishaps can happen to anyone. Whether it’s a knocked-out tooth or a sudden toothache, our team of experienced doctors, dental hygienists, and assistants are here to guide you through it. 

Dental Emergency FAQs

A dental emergency is a situation requiring immediate dental care to stop bleeding, alleviate severe pain, or address infections. This can include uncontrolled bleeding, infections compromising the airway, and trauma affecting facial bones​​​​.
If you knock out a tooth, hold it by the crown and gently rinse the root. Try reinserting it in the socket without forcing it. If this isn’t possible, store it in milk or a cell growth medium and seek dental care within an hour​​.
For a partially dislodged tooth, see your dentist immediately. Until then, apply a cold compress to the outside of your mouth and use over-the-counter pain relievers like acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain relief​​.
A dental abscess, often appearing as a swollen, pimple-like infection near the tooth root or between teeth and gums, is serious and can spread if untreated. Rinse with a mild salt-water solution for temporary relief and see your dentist as soon as possible​​​​.
For non-emergency issues like a mild toothache or small tooth crack, it’s generally okay to wait for a regular appointment. However, severe pain or bleeding always warrants immediate attention​​.
For a dull toothache, rinse with warm water and floss to remove any lodged food. For minor cracks or broken braces, cover sharp edges with orthodontic wax. If an object is stuck, gently use floss or an interdental brush for removal. For minor soft tissue injuries, rinse with a saltwater solution or antibacterial mouthwash​​.
If a filling falls out, place sugarless gum in the cavity, and bring the crown or restoration to the dentist for reapplication or replacement. Do not attempt to fix it yourself​​.