dental emergencyUnfortunately, not all dental emergencies occur while your dentist’s office is open. Whether you trip and injure your mouth in a fall or there is a compilation from a tooth extraction, it is essential to remain calm and act quickly and deliberately. In today’s blog, your Newport Beach, CA, dentist discusses what you should do should a dental emergency occur.

Broken Or Chipped Teeth

If you break or chip a tooth, make sure you save every piece that you can. Once you do this, gently rinse your mouth with warm water. You should also run your broken tooth underwater as well. If you happen to be bleeding, apply gauze to the area until the bleeding stops. If the area hurts and starts to swell, hold a cold compress to the outside of your face — where there is discomfort. Take over-the-counter pain relievers as needed. Finally, schedule an appointment to visit your dentist or dentist as quickly as possible. Make sure you bring in the tooth fragments, as well. From there, your oral health care professional can recommend the appropriate procedure to fix the issue.

Knocked-Out Tooth

Having a tooth knocked out is one of the most common dental emergencies. If this occurs, you first need to find the tooth. When you do, hold it by the crown, and rinse off its root with water. Take care to not scrub it or remove any attached tissue fragments. If you can, attempt to put the tooth back in place in your mouth, but do not force it into its socket. If you can’t put the tooth back into your mouth, hold it in the mouth on the way to the dentist. If you cannot visit the dentist right away, place it in a small container of milk or a product like Save-a-Tooth. Make an appointment to come in as soon as possible. The sooner you see your dentist or dentist, the higher the chance of saving the tooth. 


If you have a persistent toothache, you should first rinse your mouth with warm water. Next, try to dislodge any food particles that might be situated between your teeth with dental floss. Applying a cold compress to the outside of your mouth or face can help reduce potential swelling. Feel free to take a pain reliever to stay as comfortable as possible. Finally, if the pain doesn’t subside, schedule an appointment as soon as possible.

If You Have A Dental Emergency, Contact Us As Soon As Possible

When you suffer from a dental emergency, it is essential to visit us as quickly as you possibly can. You should schedule an appointment as soon as possible by calling Balboa Dental Surgery in Newport Beach, CA, today at 949-630-0143. We look forward to hearing from you soon.