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What To Do In A Dental Emergency
By: Samantha Glaunert , Categories: Education , Comments Off on What To Do In A Dental Emergency

If you think you are having a dental emergency, don’t panic! There are a handful “emergencies” that may just require a little patience and pain management, and others where an emergency dental visit is necessary.

Swelling Of The Mouth

Since this typically indicates an infection, it is important to go see a dentist or a doctor right away. Keep upright to encourage blood flow and stay hydrated.

Tooth Knocked Out

If you get a tooth knocked out, and you lose that tooth (can’t find it) you will need an implant to replace it. If you can find the tooth, and it is not broken or damaged, it is possible to reinsert it. That’s right, if you re-implant the tooth within the hour, it is possible that it will re-root. In most cases you will need a root canal, but you get to keep your own tooth.

Here is a link to the steps necessary to reinsert a tooth from the American Association of Endodontists: Knocked Out Teeth

Broken/Chipped Tooth

Typically for a small chip, you can get a small filling, but if there is a large part of the tooth missing you will need a crown. The steps your dentist takes will depend on each situation. The good news, for small chips is that if you are not in pain, you may not have to do anything. Typically your saliva will remineralize any exposed dentin. If you continue to feel pain, see your dentist.

Bleeding From The Gums

If you see blood when you floss or brush, it could be gum disease or gingivitis. Because the mouth is very good at avoiding bleeding, any blood from the mouth is a sign of a larger issue. Book an appointment with your dentist ASAP.

Pain When You Bite

This could point to one of the issues mentioned above, or a cracked tooth, or a loose crown or filling. It could also be from something caught between your teeth. In that case try flossing to see if that helps.


This could be occurring for a number of reasons, some being tooth decay, cracks, or gum disease. This pain can sometimes be controlled with over-the-counter pain relievers. If it continues for more than a couple days, see a dentist.

The decision to see a dentist ASAP is easy. There are many dentists, including Chanahssen Family Dentistry, who take emergency appointments during office hours, or have an emergency line. If you have any questions on our emergency care call 952-443-3368, or send us an email.