How to Be Prepared for a Dental Emergency

A white tooth floats next to a red and white first aid kit to indicate a dental emergency

Dental emergencies can happen when you least expect them. A dental emergency could involve a variety of issues, such as accidentally chipping or breaking a tooth, losing a filling or dental crown, breaking your dentures, experiencing sudden tooth pain, or getting a permanent tooth knocked out. Being prepared for a dental emergency can help you remain calm and resolve the problem as quickly as possible. Follow these tips so you’ll know what to do the next time you require urgent dental care.

Stock an At-Home Emergency Kit

Have a kit of dental emergency supplies in your home in case you experience an oral injury. Helpful items include gauze, disposable gloves, and over-the-counter pain medication, as well as a small container with a lid in which you can keep a knocked-out tooth safe and clean. Additionally, keep an ice pack or cold compress in the freezer to use if you’re experiencing swelling of the mouth or jaw.

Keep Your Dentist’s Contact Information Handy

You’ll want to call your dentist at the first sign of an emergency. Time is of the essence during an emergency, especially if you knock out a permanent tooth. Be sure you have your dentist’s phone number saved in your phone contacts or posted on your refrigerator.

At Paris Mountain Dental, we understand that dental emergencies can be painful and alarming. Our team will be able to assess your situation and provide guidance over the phone until you can get to our office for a proper exam. We make every effort to get you in for treatment as soon as possible by leaving room in our schedule to accommodate same-day emergency appointments.

We hope you choose our Travelers Rest office as your oral healthcare provider for both general dental care and emergency care. Please contact us today with any questions or to schedule an appointment!