Although children are more likely to suffer dental injuries, adults, too, have to handle emergencies from time to time. While regular dental appointments are great for preventing common diseases, tooth decay, and other concerns, you may need to see a dentist in different circumstances. In this post, we are discussing how to deal with a dental emergency


There could be several reasons for a toothache. If your child is experiencing pain in a tooth because of lodged food, consider cleaning the same using a water flosser or a toothbrush. That should ease the pain in many situations. However, there could be other reasons for a toothache, such as decay, dental trauma, and a tooth fracture. Until you meet the dentist, consider using salt water rinses, which might reduce the pain. Using a cold compress may be beneficial.  

A knocked-out tooth

Also known as a dental avulsion, a knocked-out tooth can cause unimaginable pain and discomfort. For kids, dentists don’t usually try to reimplant a baby tooth, but for adult or permanent teeth, this could be an option. Such reimplantation procedures are more successful within an hour of avulsion. Do not touch the knocked-out tooth roots, but hold it from the crown. Rinse it with water, but do not scrape it. If possible, try and place the tooth in the original socket, or else, place it in a container containing plain water.

Dental intrusion

If a tooth moves into the jawbone due to trauma, you should consider that as an emergency and see your dentist immediately. If the force of the injury or trauma was not bad, you might be able to save the tooth. Your dentist may have to consider surgery or root canal treatment, but it all depends on the prognosis. Until you reach the dental clinic, wash your mouth with cold water and place ice packs on the affected areas. You can take medications after asking your dentist on a call for immediate pain relief.

Dental emergencies are scary and need prompt action. Not all clinics have an emergency room; therefore, check in advance before rushing to a dental practice. Ask your dentist about the possible treatment options, but do not delay making a decision when it comes to procedures. With immediate care, it is possible to save an impacted, injured, or avulsed tooth. When dealing with children, talk to your dentist if you can offer them pain relievers.