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What to Do During a Dental Emergency

Accidents happen, no matter how careful we are, they just do. Even with proper care for the mouth and teeth, there are moments when dental emergencies happen. A dental emergency is defined as any trauma to the mouth that causes bleeding and lacerations to the gum. It can also dislodge and fracture the teeth. Depending on the severity of the injury, these conditions may need immediate medical attention.

The causes of these dental injuries are unpredictable. Sometimes, even biting a hard piece of food is enough to dislodge teeth. Dental injuries are commonly caused by playing contact sports causing the tooth to be cracked, broken, or knocked off.

Here are what must be done during common dental emergencies:

  • In case the permanent tooth is knocked out, it is recommended to keep it moist. If possible, it is best to put the tooth back into the socket without touching the root. However, this might not be possible in some cases. Submerge the tooth in milk or use a tooth preservation product and immediately head to the dentist’s office.
  • Immediately rinse the mouth with warm water if the tooth got cracked. Use a cold compress on the affected area to relieve swelling.
  • If the lip or mouth got bitten, clean the area as gently as possible and use an ice pack for a cold compress.
  • For toothache, rinse the mouth with warm water to cleanse it. Use dental floss to gently remove the food particles and plaque stuck in between the teeth.
  • If there are objects stuck in between the teeth, do not use sharp objects to remove it. Use dental floss to avoid damaging teeth and gums. 

Here are some tips to avoid dental injury:

  • Always wear a mouthguard when participating in contact sports to protect the teeth from being knocked when there is a blow to the face. Mouthguards also prevent the lip and tongue from being bitten. 
  • Wear a helmet during sports activities. Although a mouthguard offers protection to the mouth, another layer of protection works best. This is not only to prevent mouth injury, but it also protects the head. 
  • Never use the teeth to cut things, open beer bottles, or to bite something off. Use the appropriate tools instead of teeth.  

In unexpected moments of dental emergencies, you can trust us at Timber Springs Dental to provide immediate treatment.


Our staff at Timber Springs Dental is equipped with the expertise for Emergency Dentistry in Humble, TX. Contact us to book your appointment. We are located at 5444 Atascocita Rd., Suite 100, Humble, TX 77346.