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Common Dental Emergencies

Identifying and Addressing Dental Emergenciess

Encountering a dental emergency can be distressing and poses potential risks to your oral health. Ignoring dental issues can lead to permanent damage, necessitating more extensive and costly treatment later on. Conditions such as chipped teeth, toothaches, missing teeth, or discomfort from a crown warrant immediate attention as they signify severe problems.

At SA Family Dentist, we prioritize urgent care for dental emergencies. Please contact us immediately if you encounter a dental emergency. We are dedicated to opening our office on weekends to promptly address your dental needs.

Recognizing a Dental Emergency

Experiencing severe tooth pain or dental trauma warrants prompt attention from a trusted dental professional. Activities like sports, accidents, or biting into hard objects can lead to dental emergencies.

Common dental emergencies include severe toothaches, tooth injuries, infected teeth, or knocked-out teeth. Untreated infections can spread, leading to more severe health issues. Such injuries require immediate intervention to prevent further damage.

Responding to a Dental Emergency

In the event of a dental injury, prioritize your safety first. Apply light pressure to control bleeding and seek urgent medical evaluation if necessary.


For toothaches, rinse your mouth with warm water and use dental floss to remove trapped food particles. Apply a cold compress to reduce swelling and consider over-the-counter pain relievers.

Chipped or broken teeth

If you chip or break a tooth, rinse your mouth, and save any broken pieces. Apply gauze to stop bleeding and use a cold compress to alleviate pain and swelling.


Abscesses are serious infections that require immediate attention. Rinse your mouth with a salt-water solution to reduce bacteria until you can see a dentist.

Avulsed tooth

For an avulsed tooth, rinse it and attempt to reinsert it into the socket. If unsuccessful, store it in milk or saltwater and seek immediate dental care. Reinsertion within an hour increases the chances of preservation.

In any dental emergency, swift action and professional care are crucial to safeguarding your oral health and preventing further complications.