All About Dental Emergencies: What to Do in Urgent Dental Situations

Uh-oh, you’re sitting at home enjoying your favorite snack when suddenly you hear a crack. Was that your tooth? Panic sets in as you realize you may have an urgent dental situation on your hands. Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. In this blog post, we’ll go over what to do in urgent dental situations so you can feel confident and prepared in case of a dental emergency.

Knowing what to do in a dental emergency can help you stay calm and prevent further damage to the teeth and gums. As a parent or caregiver, it is essential to be prepared for these types of life’s little mishaps. Here’s everything you need to know about dental emergencies and what to do in urgent dental situations.

First and foremost, it’s important to stay calm and assess the situation. Take a deep breath and follow these steps:

Step 1: Contact Your Dentist  

The first thing you should do is contact our office at Trafalgar Village Dental, we have 24 hr emergency care available. If this is an after-hours emergency you can call (tel:905-339-0404) for urgent care needs.

Step 2: Rinse Your Mouth

If you’re experiencing bleeding or pain, rinse your mouth with warm water. This will help clean the affected area and reduce inflammation.

Step 3: Control Bleeding

If you’re experiencing bleeding, use a clean piece of gauze or cloth to apply pressure to the affected area. If the bleeding doesn’t stop, seek medical attention immediately.

Step 4: Save Any Dislodged Teeth

If you have a knocked-out tooth, it’s important to save the tooth if possible. Rinse the tooth gently with water and try to place it back into the socket. If that’s not possible, store the tooth in a container of milk or saliva until you can see your dentist.

Step 5: Manage Pain and Swelling

If you’re experiencing pain or swelling, you can use a cold compress to reduce inflammation and numb the affected area. Over-the-counter pain medication can also help manage pain.

There you have it – a quick guide on what to do in urgent dental situations. Remember, while dental emergencies can be scary, staying calm and knowing what steps to take can make all the difference. And of course, don’t forget to follow up with our dental team at Trafalgar Village Dental as soon as possible. Happy snacking (and hopefully, no more tooth cracks)!