Dental Emergencies and How to Avoid Them

Dental emergencies are a part of life, and knowing how to handle them is vital. Call your dentist immediately with details of your problem. Go to the emergency room if your dentist is unavailable.

Common Dental Emergencies

Missing Tooth: Keep the socket moist. If possible without touching the root, replace the tooth and see your dentist.
Cracked Tooth: Rinse with warm water and apply a cold compress.
Toothache: Rinse with warm water. Despite rumors to the contrary, do not apply aspirin directly to the tooth or gums. Floss carefully to remove any debris.
Bitten Lip/Tongue: Rinse with warm water and apply a cold compress.
Object Lodged in Mouth: Do not pry with anything sharp. Floss, and visit your dentist if you are unable to remove object.


  • Use a mouthguard during sports.
  • Avoid biting hard candies and ice.
  • Do not use teeth to cut items.