Dental Emergencies: Quick Tips and Actionable Steps

Dentist in Calgary Serving Northwest, Downtown, and Nearby Calgary, Alberta


A dental emergency can be a frightening experience, but knowing what to do in advance can help you stay calm and take the appropriate steps to protect your health and save your smile. Here are some tips to keep in mind in the event of a dental emergency.


If you're experiencing a toothache, rinse your mouth with warm water and use dental floss to remove any food particles that may be stuck between your teeth. Over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen can also be helpful for some in managing the pain. Alternatively, warm compresses can also be helpful for some in the event of a toothache.

Chipped or Broken Tooth

In the event of a chipped or broken tooth, rinsing your mouth with warm water and applying a cold compress to the affected area can help reduce swelling. If it’s possible, saving broken pieces of the tooth and bringing them with you to the dentist may be helpful depending on the given situation.

Knocked-out Tooth

When a tooth gets knocked out, what you do next becomes very important. Time is of the essence. But, by following these steps, you can increase the likelihood that your tooth can be saved.

  1. Rinse the tooth gently with water, being careful not to remove any attached tissue fragments
  2. Try to place the tooth back into its socket if possible, or keep it in a container of milk until you can get to the dentist
  3. Get to a dentist as soon as you can, the sooner you can get to the dentist, the more likely it is that the tooth can be saved

Lost Filling or Crown

If you've lost a filling or crown, try to save the restoration if possible and bring it with you to the dentist. In some situations, using dental cement or temporary filling material, which can be found at most drugstores, can help cover the affected tooth until you can get to the dentist.

Bleeding or Swollen Gums

If you're experiencing bleeding or swollen gums, you can start by rinsing your mouth with warm salt water and applying a cold compress to the affected area. This can help reduce inflammation, promote healing, and reduce swelling. To prevent further irritation or damage, you should avoid brushing or flossing the affected area, as this can make the bleeding worse. If the bleeding or swelling persists, contact your dentist as soon as possible.

A Final Note on Dental Emergencies

In any dental emergency, it's important to contact your dentist right away. Most dental offices have emergency protocols in place and can accommodate same-day appointments for urgent cases. If you're unable to reach your dentist, go to the nearest emergency room for immediate care.

Remember, prevention is always the best medicine when it comes to dental emergencies. Wearing a mouthguard during sports activities, avoiding chewing on hard objects like ice or popcorn kernels, and maintaining good oral hygiene can all help reduce your risk of dental emergencies.

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