How to Handle a Dental Emergency

A white tooth floats next to a red and white emergency first aid kit against a gray background

When it comes to dental emergencies, you typically don’t see them coming. However, there are some steps you can take to ensure you are equipped and prepared if one occurs. Here’s what you need to know about dental emergencies and how to handle them!

What Counts as a Dental Emergency?

The first step in knowing how to handle a dental emergency is to understand what types of dental issues need immediate dental care. Some of the most common dental emergencies are:

  • Abscess on gums (can look like a small red bulge)
  • Broken tooth restoration (crowns, dentures, and bridges)
  • Severe tooth pain
  • Cracked or broken natural tooth
  • Profusely bleeding gums
  • Knocked-out permanent tooth

Create a Dental Emergency First-Aid Kit

One of the best things you can do to prepare for a potential dental emergency is to create a dental emergency kit. This will have a variety of items in it to help stop bleeding or preserve a tooth while you contact your dentist and head to their office. Some items we recommend including in your kit are:

  • A clean small container with a lid to hold a tooth or its fragments
  • Clean non-woven gauze
  • String floss and floss picks
  • Medical-grade gloves
  • Over-the-counter pain medication
  • Dental wax

Same-Day Emergency Dentists in Your Area

When you have a dental emergency, it’s important to have a dentist in your phone contacts that you know and trust! You don’t want to spend valuable time searching for a dentist who can fit you in when an emergency strikes. At River Stone Dental Center, we provide same-day emergency dental care for patients in Germantown, MD, and the surrounding areas. We understand that time is of the essence in an emergency so we do everything we can to treat you as quickly as possible!

Schedule a Dental Visit to River Stone Dental Center

Are you looking for a go-to dental home that offers emergency dentistry? Our team would love to be there for you! In addition to emergency dentistry, we offer comprehensive dental care to accommodate your oral health needs. Please contact our office to learn more and to schedule your dental visit!

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