What to Do Until You Receive Emergency Dental Care

Grand Rapids Emergency Dentist

All dental emergencies require emergency dental care. Immediate action can reduce permanent damage and costly dental restoration. Contact your Grand Rapids dentist office as soon as possible. Here are some helpful tips for if you find yourself with a dental emergency until you meet with your dental care professional.

Toothache

  • Rinse out your mouth with warm water.
  • Try gently flossing between your teeth to remove any possible food or debris that may be causing the ache.
  • Do not put aspirin or other pain relievers on the gum tissue near your aching tooth. Aspirin and similar painkillers can cause your gum tissue to feel like it is burning.

Knocked Out Tooth

  • Contact your dentist immediately. Tooth replanting needs to occur as soon as possible, ideally within the hour of dental injury.
  • Handle your tooth by the crown (the part exposed while in mouth), not the root. Handling of the tooth’s root can cause damage to the cells needed for reattachment.
  • Gently rinse your tooth, holding it by the crown, to remove debris.
  • If possible, gently place your tooth into its socket.
  • If you cannot place your tooth back into its respective socket, don’t let the tooth dry out. Store the tooth between your gum and cheek to keep the tooth moist or wrap it in clean gauze and immerse it in milk or saliva. You may also immerse the tooth in water if that's the only option available to you.

Loose Tooth

  • Contact your dentist as soon as possible.
  • To temporarily relieve pain, apply cold compression to the outside of your mouth where the problem area is.
  • You may also take an over-the-counter pain reliever to reduce pain.

Cracked, Chipped or Broken Teeth

  • Contact your dentist immediately.
  • Rinse out your mouth with warm water.
  • To temporarily relieve pain, apply cold compression to the outside of your mouth where the problem area is.
  • Do not put aspirin or other pain relievers on gum tissue near your aching tooth. Doing so can cause a burning sensation for your gum tissue.

Dental emergencies can happen anywhere at any time. However, a few things can be done to reduce your chances of encountering a dental emergency.

Prevention

  • A few simple things can be done to reduce your risk of a dental emergency.
  • Schedule routine checkups with a dental care professional.
  • Routine checkups with a dental care professional can help reduce the risk of encountering a dental emergency. Before going on vacation, be sure to schedule a routine checkup with your dentist to ensure good dental health before you journey away from home. A dental emergency can quickly ruin a vacation.
  • Wear a mouth guard during sports and other physical activities.
  • Wearing a mouth guard reduces your risk for chipped, broken or lost teeth during contact sports like football or hockey.
  • Avoid chewing on hard foods.
  • Avoid chewing hard foods like ice, popcorn kernels, and hard candies. Chewing on hard foods increases your chances of breaking or fracturing your teeth.

If you find yourself in a dental emergency, be sure to contact the Grand Rapids dental professionals at River Valley Dental immediately at (616) 363-5677 to get your dental problem solved right away.