Dr. Trieu TonDr. Trieu Ton

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Brentwood CA 94513

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What to Do When a Dental Emergency Occurs?

Dental accidents can happen wherever and whenever especially to people who actively participate in contact sports or certain activities. When you experience a dental problem or oral injury, it is essential to know whether you need emergency dental care or not. 

Any dental emergency such as injury to the teeth or gums can pose potential harm to a person’s oral health, that is why it should not be ignored. Neglecting a dental problem can increase the chance of permanent damage that will eventually require extensive and expensive treatments.

Below are the common dental emergencies and how to handle them:


Rinse the mouth with warm water and use dental floss to remove food particles caught in between the teeth. If the mouth is swollen, apply a cold compress to the outside of the mouth or cheek. Don’t put aspirin or any painkillers directly to the gums near the aching tooth because it may cause the gum tissue to burn. See a dentist as soon as possible.

Knocked-out tooth

Get the knocked-out tooth by holding it by the crown. Clean it by rinsing off the tooth root with water, but remember not to scrub or remove any attached tissue fragments. If possible, try to put back the tooth in place, but don’t force it in the socket. If it is impossible to reinsert the tooth in the socket, put it in a small container of milk or a cup of water that contains a pinch of table salt. Go to your dentist as quickly as possible as knocked-out teeth have the highest chance of being saved and can be returned to the socket when the patient sees the dentist within one hour of being knocked out. 

Chipped or broken teeth

Save any pieces of a broken or chipped tooth. Rinse the mouth and the broken pieces with warm water. If there is bleeding, apply a piece of gauze to the bleeding area until the bleeding stops. Apply a cold compress to the outside of the mouth, cheek, or lip near the broken or chipped tooth to reduce any swelling and relieve pain. See the dentist immediately.

Broken braces and wires

If the wires of the braces break or stick out and are poking the cheek, tongue, or gum, try using the eraser end of a pencil to push the wire into a more comfortable position. If the wire can’t be repositioned, use a small cotton ball, a piece of gauze, or an orthodontic wax to keep the wire from poking the mouth until they have reached the dental office. Remember not to cut the wire as one could end up swallowing it or breathing it into their lungs.


An abscess is an infection that occurs around the root of a tooth or in the space between the teeth and gums. This can cause damage to the tissues and the surrounding teeth. If left untreated, the infection can spread to the other parts of the body. Visit the dentist as soon as possible if a painful, pimple-like swelling is discovered on the gums. To ease the pain and draw the pus toward the surface, rinse the mouth with mild salt water solution several times a day.


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