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By Norwich Aesthetic Dentistry
March 01, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental emergency  

Are you prepared for a dental emergency? Our Norwich, CT, dentist, Dr. Edward Yates, discusses the steps you should take if you or a dental emergencyfriend or family member experiences an emergency.

Stay calm

A dental emergency, particularly if it involves bleeding, may make you feel a little flustered. When you know what to do in case of an emergency, you may find that it's easier to remain calm.

Assess the situation

Identify the type of emergency. Most dental emergencies fall into one of these categories:

  • Broken tooth
  • Loose tooth
  • Knocked out tooth
  • Facial lacerations
  • Dental abscess (Symptoms include tooth pain, swollen lymph glands, fever, red gums, pus around your tooth and facial swelling.)

Perform emergency first aid

Performing dental first aid can stabilize your condition until you can make an emergency visit to our Norwich office. If your tooth has shifted out of its normal position, try to gently move it back into place. If it won't move, don't force it. Whether your tooth is loose or has changed position, don't chew on it or apply any pressure to it.

Broken teeth can be painful and may cut your lips or mouth if the broken edges are rough or sharp. Applying dental cement, which you'll find at local drugstores, will dull the pain and smooth the edges.

It may be possible to reimplant a knocked out tooth if you act quickly. After you locate the tooth, rinse it, then try to put in back in the socket. If it won't fit, put it between your cheek and gum or wrap it in gauze and put in a container filled with milk, saline solution or your saliva. Call our office immediately, as implantation is most successful if it's done in the first hour or two after your accident.

Bleeding may be an issue if you experience a fall or blow to your mouth. Control it by applying gentle pressure with a clean cloth.

Control your pain

Over-the-counter pain relievers can help relieve pain caused by injuries or dental abscesses. Applying an ice pack may also be helpful.

Call our office

Prompt treatment will help you recover from these dental emergencies. Call our office right away if you experience any of these issues.

Don't let a dental emergency ruin your smile. Call our Norwich, CT, dentist, Dr. Yates, at (860) 889-6445 to schedule an emergency appointment.


For anyone else, having a tooth accidentally knocked out while practicing a dance routine would be a very big deal. But not for Dancing With The Stars contestant Noah Galloway. Galloway, an Iraq War veteran and a double amputee, took a kick to the face from his partner during a recent practice session, which knocked out a front tooth. As his horrified partner looked on, Galloway picked the missing tooth up from the floor, rinsed out his mouth, and quickly assessed his injury. “No big deal,” he told a cameraman capturing the scene.

Of course, not everyone would have the training — or the presence of mind — to do what Galloway did in that situation. But if you’re facing a serious dental trauma, such as a knocked out tooth, minutes count. Would you know what to do under those circumstances? Here’s a basic guide.

If a permanent tooth is completely knocked out of its socket, you need to act quickly. Once the injured person is stable, recover the tooth and gently clean it with water — but avoid grasping it by its roots! Next, if possible, place the tooth back in its socket in the jaw, making sure it is facing the correct way. Hold it in place with a damp cloth or gauze, and rush to the dental office, or to the emergency room if it’s after hours or if there appear to be other injuries.

If it isn’t possible to put the tooth back, you can place it between the cheek and gum, or in a plastic bag with the patient’s saliva, or in the special tooth-preserving liquid found in some first-aid kits. Either way, the sooner medical attention is received, the better the chances that the tooth can be saved.

When a tooth is loosened or displaced but not knocked out, you should receive dental attention within six hours of the accident. In the meantime, you can rinse the mouth with water and take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication (such as ibuprofen) to ease pain. A cold pack temporarily applied to the outside of the face can also help relieve discomfort.

When teeth are broken or chipped, you have up to 12 hours to get dental treatment. Follow the guidelines above for pain relief, but don’t forget to come in to the office even if the pain isn’t severe. Of course, if you experience bleeding that can’t be controlled after five minutes, dizziness, loss of consciousness or intense pain, seek emergency medical help right away.

And as for Noah Galloway:  In an interview a few days later, he showed off his new smile, with the temporary bridge his dentist provided… and he even continued to dance with the same partner!

If you would like more information about dental trauma, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Trauma & Nerve Damage to Teeth” and “The Field-Side Guide to Dental Injuries.”