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Saving Your Smile

Dental patient with toothacheA dental emergency is always an unpleasant and stressful experience, and when you’re experiencing one, you might be unsure what to do. The most important thing to remember, however, is that you need to act quickly or else you might lose the chance of saving your tooth. At D Smiles Family Dentistry, we’re ready to schedule same-day appointments for patients who need urgent attention. Contact our office right away to get in touch with a team member and follow their instructions for managing the pain until you can get to our office.

How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies

Dental Emergency

Whether it’s a toothache or some kind of physical trauma, you’ll need to be seen by Dr. Kim-Ngan Do as soon as possible. If you’re unable to come to our office immediately, there’s some basic first aid you can perform for temporary relief while you’re waiting.


Sometimes a toothache is caused by nothing more than a particle of food stuck between your teeth that can be removed by dental floss. In other cases, though, it’s the sign of an infection. You can usually control any discomfort with ibuprofen or other over-the-counter pain medications. If there’s swelling, place a cold compress over the affected area. Treatment for a toothache can range from a filling to a root canal.

Chipped/Broken Tooth

Rinse your mouth with warm water and recover as many large pieces of the tooth as you can. A broken tooth might have a rough or sharp edge that can scratch your lips or gums; cover it with a piece of dental wax or some sugarless gum. A broken or chipped tooth might need to be extracted if it’s been damaged beyond the point of repair.

Knocked-Out Tooth

Saving a knocked-out tooth is possible, but only if the procedure is done quickly (usually within an hour or so). Find the tooth, pick it up by the chewing end (not the root), rinse it, then call us immediately. You can try to put a dislodged tooth back in its socket; if you can’t, keep it moist by storing it in your cheek or a container of milk.

Lost Filling/Crown

A filling or crown might be damaged due to trauma, but they might also fall out due to simple wear and tear. If this happens, rinse it off and try to put it back. Sometimes the tooth underneath will be sensitive, but over-the-counter medication can help with this.

Preventing Dental Emergencies

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  • Many dental emergencies are brought about by small problems that went unaddressed for a long time. You can help protect your smile by practicing excellent oral hygiene. Brush at least twice a day and floss at least once.
  • Avoid biting down on ice, pens, fingernails, popcorn kernels and other hard objects.
  • Never use your teeth to open a package.
  • Always wear a mouthguard while playing sports; you can get a guard to protect your teeth from nighttime grinding and clenching as well.

Cost of Dental Emergencies

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Every dental emergency is unique, and the type of treatment required will vary. At D Smiles Family Dentistry, our first priority is relieving your pain before we take care of any physical damage that’s been done. We accept both in-network and out-of-network insurance plans; low and no interest payment plans are also available through CareCredit.

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