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How to Handle a Dental Emergency

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The most important thing to remember when you’re faced with an urgent dental situation is to remain calm and call our office right away. When you do, we will provide important first aid advice and schedule a time for you to come in as soon as is necessary for your case.

Tips for what to do after some of the most common dental emergencies are listed below.


For a toothache, rinse your mouth with warm saltwater to soothe the pain until you can reach our office. For additional help fighting discomfort, take an over-the-counter pain medication as directed (remember to drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol while taking pain relief). A root canal may be recommended to save the tooth from extraction.

Chipped/Broken Tooth

A chipped tooth may not necessarily require urgent care. First, rinse your mouth out to remove any loose shards which may remain in your mouth. Then use a cold compress on the affected cheek to reduce swelling and take an over-the-counter pain medication as needed. Get in touch with our office immediately -- a dental crown can often be used to restore the tooth.

Knocked-Out Tooth

After a tooth has been knocked out, rinse it off with warm water but do not touch or scrub the root. Store it in a glass or milk, water, or back in the empty socket if possible. Contact us right away -- reattachment may be possible if the tooth remains intact and you reach our office within an hour.

Lost Filling/Crown

You may be able to temporarily reattach a lost filling or crown. Use a denture adhesive, toothpaste, or filling repair cream to secure the restoration to the tooth until you can make it to our office.

You Can Prevent Dental Emergencies

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While you can never completely protect yourself from an injury, here are a few tips to help you avoid dental emergencies altogether:

  • Brush and floss your teeth every day to keep them strong
  • Come see us regularly so we can stop a small issue from turning into an emergency in the future
  • Always wear a mouthguard when playing sports
  • Avoid chewing hard things like ice or rock candies
  • Don’t use your teeth to open packages or bottles

The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies

Woman smiling and giving thumbs upThe price you will pay to treat a dental emergency depends greatly on what you need to have performed. Your treatment may require advanced care like an extraction or a root canal, or it may be as simple as a quick prescription. We will provide an estimate when you come in to help you understand what you can expect to pay. No matter the cost, getting the professional attention you need right away is so important for your oral health!

Never been to our office before? We are pleased to share a special on dental emergencies with our new patients. You can benefit from a $44 emergency appointment OR first visit from Mountain Stream Dental! This special includes all necessary X-rays and a thorough exam. That aching tooth won’t get better on its own, so don’t wait to come in and have us check it out and provide the care you need to get out of pain -- and on with your life.