What is a Dental Emergency?

What is a Dental Emergency?

Posted by Dr. Young H. Kim on Jul 3 2020, 10:02 AM

Have you ever sustained a broken tooth or severe injury to the soft tissues of the mouth? If yes, did you reach out to the dentist as soon as possible? At Lincolnway dental, we provide emergency services to our patients so that they do not have to endure severe pain, or worse, lose their natural teeth.

What are common dental emergencies?

Dental emergencies come as a shock, and honestly, most of us wouldn’t know what exactly to do during such situations. Worry not, as we’re always ready to help you in such instances. Here are some of the common dental emergencies and how they have to be ideally handled:

Injured soft tissues: A cut or a bruise on the lips, tongue, or soft inner lining of the mouth can be very painful. It can lead to a lot of bleeding as the blood vessels within the tissues could be disturbed. In such cases, we suggest you rinse your mouth with cold water to remove the blood and any debris or germs present near the wound. Use a clean piece of gauze to apply pressure on the wound, as it helps to reduce bleeding and enables the formation of a clot. While you reach our dental practice, you could place a cold pack on your cheek to get relief from the pain and reduce swelling.

Broken or cracked tooth: Hitting your mouth accidentally on a hard surface can break or crack your teeth, despite the enamel being the hardest substance in the body. In other instances, your tooth may chip when you bite into anything too hard or go through a stress fracture if you have old amalgam fillings. Avoid touching the tooth with bare hands as the microbes in your hands could infect it. Use a cold pack and a piece of gauze to reduce the pain and control bleeding. Reach out to us immediately on call and explain the situation, and the dentist will guide you further.

Avulsed tooth: An extremely hard blow to the mouth can cause an avulsed tooth, meaning the tooth will be entirely uprooted from the socket. Use a piece of gauze to reduce bleeding by applying pressure on the wound. If you manage to find the tooth, then pick it up, hold it from the crown and rinse it with water. Avoid touching the root as it can get the tooth infected. Reach out to us on call and inform us of the situation so that we can stay prepared for your arrival. In fact, if you place the tooth in a glass of milk and bring it along within an hour of the incident, we may be able to put it back in the socket. Within a few days, the tooth would get adhered to the surrounding tissues and regrow as good as new.


Please reach out to us on call at (630) 897-1300, and we’ll provide emergency assistance at the earliest.


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