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What to Do In a Dental Emergency


Posted on 10/11/2021 by Dr. Dani Stansell
What to Do In a Dental EmergencyIt's not a question of "if" but when. A dental emergency is bound to happen at some point in your life, and you'll be glad that you know what to do in the event one occurs. This blog post will tell you how to react in a dental emergency so that your teeth stay healthy and strong!

Call Us As Soon As Possible After A Dental Emergency


-If the tooth is loose, you should keep it moist until you can get into your dentist's office or see if he/she will come to you so that they can put on a temporary filling and stop any pain.  If there has been recent trauma, such as a fall, be sure to tell your dentist about it.

-If you can't get in touch with your dentist and the toothache is severe, go to an emergency room where they will be able to treat you appropriately.  There may also be antibiotics that can help manage or prevent infection (if there has been trauma).  Keep a wet washcloth on the outside of your face to help manage any swelling.

Rinse The Area With Warm Salt Water


-If the tooth has been knocked out, rinse it off in warm water.  Rinse your mouth with salt water to help reduce swelling and discomfort.  Salt is a natural anti-inflammatory that can seriously make you feel better! Do not scrub the tooth or try to take debris from under your gums, as this could damage the root of the tooth.

Also, do not rinse with hydrogen peroxide or mouthwash, as these liquid solutions can kill cells and prevent them from reproducing - bad news for your re-growing new tissue!  Be sure to tell your dentist about any pain medications you've taken so they know what's best for treatment.

Take Ibuprofen Or Acetaminophen For Pain Relief


If you've been prescribed antibiotics by your dentist or doctor, take them as directed.  You can also try taking ibuprofen (Advil) or acetaminophen (Tylenol).  Ibuprofen may cause stomach irritation and Tylenol is not recommended for long periods of time, so be sure to talk to us about the best pain relief options for you.

If you have any questions or concerns of what to do during a dental emergency, reach out to us on (number) and we'll be glad to assist in any way we can.


Locations & Hours


Brier Creek




10207 Cerny Street, Ste 106
Raleigh, NC 27617

Phone: 984-477-0177
Fax: 919-249-1375

Office Hours
Mon: 8:30am - 6:30pm
Tues: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Wed: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Thur: 7:30am - 4:30pm
Fri: 8:00am - 2:00pm

North Raleigh




1911 Falls Valley Drive, Ste 107
Raleigh, NC 27615

Phone: 984-206-4242
Fax: 919-249-2145

Office Hours
Mon: 8:30am - 6:30pm
Tues: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Wed: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Thur: 7:30am - 4:30pm
Fri: 8:00am - 2:00pm

Knightdale




1101 Great Falls Ct, Ste 102
Knightdale, NC 27545

Phone: 984-733-0330
Fax: 919-415-1849

Office Hours
Mon: 8:30am - 6:30pm
Tues: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Wed: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Thur: 7:30am - 4:30pm
Fri: 8:00am - 2:00pm


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