How to Handle a Dental Emergency
By George A. Solier, DDS, LTD
August 27, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Emergency  

Patient Dental EmergencyAct fast to protect your smile. Know what to do when a dental emergency happens.


Dental emergencies can happen at any time. Of course, how you handle the emergency can shed some light on the outcome of the situation. It’s important that you know what to do when an issue arises with you or a loved one’s oral health. What constitutes a dental emergency? Our Alexandria, VA, emergency dentist Dr. George Solier is here to explain.

Here are the most common dental emergencies:

  • A toothache
  • A fractured or broken tooth
  • A partially dislodged tooth
  • A knocked-out tooth

Dealing with one of these issues? Take a deep breath; here’s what you need to do:

In all of these cases, the best thing you can do is see your dentist in Alexandria, VA, as soon as possible. The sooner you seek treatment the better. If you aren’t sure whether to come in right away, just give our office a call and let us know what’s going on. Of course, besides seeing your dentist there are things you can do to ensure that your dental emergency is under control.

If you have a toothache

There are many reasons why you might have a toothache, from a cavity to an infection. If something is lodged between your teeth carefully use floss to try and dislodge it. If you want to temporarily alleviate the pain before coming into the office, take an over-the-counter pain reliever (never directly rub a painkiller on the gums).

If you have a broken tooth

Try to save all the broken pieces of the tooth. Rinse out your mouth with water to remove any of these pieces. If you are noticing pain and swelling you can apply a cold compress to the side of the face where the injured tooth is. Taking an over-the-counter painkiller can reduce the pain until you can come into our office for care.

If you have a partially dislodged tooth

Carefully try to move the tooth back into its proper position, if possible (never force it). If you can’t move the tooth then leave it alone and come right into the office. If necessary, apply a cold compress to the side of the face to reduce swelling or pain.

If you have a knocked-out tooth

It’s important to find the tooth (handle it by the crown only and never the roots), rinse it with warm water and then either try to place it gently back into the socket or hold the tooth between your gum and your cheek and immediately come into our office. If treated within the first 30 minutes to one hour, the tooth can often be saved.

If you or a loved one is dealing with a dental emergency it’s important that you have a dentist you can turn to in Alexandria, VA, that will be able to provide you with the quality dental care you need. Call our office or come in right away and discover the benefits of having an emergency dentist by your side.


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