What to Do in Dental Emergencies

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General Rules

A general rule for dental emergencies involving the mouth, teeth or tongue injuries is to rinse with warm water to clean the area and apply a cold compress to reduce swelling.

For a Knocked-out Tooth


If one of the adult teeth is knocked out, you may – rinse – then attempt to put it back in the socket. Keeping the tooth moist is important as well as getting in to see the Dentist as soon as possible.

Avoid Trouble

Steps can be taken to prevent dental emergencies. DON’T chew on ice, popcorn kernels or other hard objects, like some candies. NEVER use your teeth to open something. Teeth are tools for chewing your food – ONLY!

Learn More

The American Dental Association offers more details on how you can handle dental emergencies here: . As always we are here to assist with any dental concerns. Please call us at 248.852.3130

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