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How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies - Pasadena, TX

Save Your Smile and Stop Your Pain

No one ever expects a dental emergency to happen to them, but it’s more common than you might realize. In fact, 1 in 6 Americans requires urgent dental attention each year. If you suddenly have an unexpected oral health problem, do you know what to do? We have the tips you need to manage common dental emergencies until your appointment.

Partially Dislodged Tooth

Woman in pain experiencing a dental emergency.

If you experience a fall or trauma to your mouth, a tooth can be knocked out of position. If you act fast, you might be able to save your tooth. After washing your hands, gently push the tooth back into position and bite on a piece of gauze to prevent it from moving. Contact our office right away for an immediate appointment.

After arriving at our office, we will assess the damage and create a customized treatment plan. We will stabilize your tooth, allowing your body to heal to hold it firmly in place again.

Object Caught Between Teeth

First aid kit for dental issues.

Nothing is more annoying than an object caught between your teeth, like a large piece of food. If brushing didn’t dislodge it, use high-quality dental floss to try to remove it. If flossing isn’t successful, never use a sharp instrument or metal tool to get it out. Instead, it’s best to contact our office. We will remove the object to alleviate any discomfort, so you can get back to enjoying your day.

Oral Abscess

Woman with facial pain.

If a toothache is keeping you awake at night, you might have an infected tooth. In some cases, an abscess will appear near the tooth which might look like a pimple. If the infection isn’t treated quickly, it can spread into your surrounding tissues and even your bloodstream.

You need an appointment with our office right away to save your tooth. While you wait for your visit, use an over-the-counter pain reliever to manage your discomfort. A saltwater rinse can also be used to keep your mouth clean and manage inflammation.

Soft Tissue Damage

Woman with infected gum tissue.

An injury to the soft tissues can cause a lot of bleeding, but it often isn’t as bad as it appears. Apply gauze to the area for 10 to 15 minutes and place a cold compress on the outside of your mouth for 15-minute intervals to control bleeding. If you can’t stop the bleeding or the injury is severe, contact our office immediately.

If you’re unsure about a dental problem you’re having, don’t hesitate to contact our office. A member of our team can walk you through first aid at home, and get you into the office quickly, so you can get back to focusing on more important matters.