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6 Steps to Staying Calm in a Dental Emergency

When you have a dental emergency, you may feel frightened or shocked by the sight of your missing or broken teeth. The best way to manage that possible problem is to rehearse a simple plan now, so that you’ll be prepared. If you’re facing a life-threatening emergency, remember to call 911, but if your emergency is dental, here are 6 steps to keeping your cool.

OTC the Pain Away

For the pain that comes with a broken or busted tooth, take over the counter pain killers until you’re able to see your dentist. Make sure to let your dentist know the course of your pain and how severe it is on a scale from 1 to 10, 10 being the worst pain imaginable.

Stop the Bleeding

If you are bleeding, grab some gauze or fabric and apply it to the bleeding area with pressure. Continue to apply pressure until the bleeding stops.

Remove Debris

If there is debris stuck between your teeth, try very gently and carefully to remove it with dental floss. If you have no success, make sure to leave it alone until you can let your dentist know where it is.

Gather Up the Rubble

If your tooth is broken, gather the pieces of your tooth together and place them in a sealed bag or container of some kind.

The Knock-Out

If you have a tooth that’s been totally knocked out, gently rinse it under warm water, without removing any of the attached tissue. If you can, try and replace the tooth in its socket, using no force at all. If this doesn’t work, place the tooth in a sealed container filled with either saltwater or milk.

Reduce the Swell

To avoid swelling as much as possible, use ice or a cold compress on your face. This can also help reduce discomfort. If you are having a dental emergency, or have questions about what to do, contact your dentist.