Dental Emergencies

What is a Dental Emergency?

Tooth First aid

Sometimes it is hard to tell if something is a dental emergency or not. How do you know when it is time to take emergency action? Here are some reasons to contact your dentist for emergency treatment:

  • Severe pain

  • Bleeding from the mouth

  • Loose teeth (not including primary teeth)

  • If you’ve been hit in the face or mouth

  • Swelling in the facial or mouth area

  • Bulges, swelling, or knots in the gums

  • Extreme pain caused by hot or warm food and beverages

  • Severe sensitivity to cold

  • Painful to breathe in air

  • Pain in a tooth when biting down

Are you in pain? Call us at (503) 649-5665

How Do You Prevent Dental Emergencies?

Dental emergencies happen. We know that it can be impossible to prevent every accident and every possible cause for a dental emergency. However, here are some tips that can help avoid an emergency visit to the dentist’s office.

  • Wear mouth protection during sports activities – especially those that include contact sports and hard surfaces

  • Schedule routine dental checkups regularly to allow the dentist to spot any issues that can be addressed before they become a dental emergency

  • Follow a rigorous and consistent oral hygiene routine that includes brushing the teeth at least twice a day and flossing the teeth daily.

  • Do not chew ice, popcorn kernels or hard candy (these can all crack a tooth)

  • Never use teeth to cut things. Always use scissors.

What if a Dental Emergency Occurs?

If you suspect a dental emergency, call our office. When you call us, describe the symptoms in as much detail as possible. This will help us determine if you are experiencing a dental emergency.

Here are some tips for handling common dental emergencies:

Knocked-Out Teeth:

broken-toothThis is only a major concern for permanent teeth. Place the tooth (or teeth) back in the mouth without interfering with the tooth’s root if possible. If not, place the tooth between the cheek and gums or in a glass of milk until you can get to your dentist’s office. The sooner you can get to the dentist’s office, the more likely the dentist will be able to save the tooth and reinsert it.  Be sure to not wipe the tooth off as it may have part of the tooth’s root attached. You want to keep all aspects of the tooth in order to have more success for reinsertion.


Rinse the mouth with warm water (or a warm salt water solution). Use dental floss to gently floss the area and remove any food that may be stuck between the teeth. For severe discomfort, ibuprofen or motrin can be taken.

Biting tongue or lip:

If you bit your tongue, lip or cheek rinse the area out with warm water to help clean the area. Use a cold  compress on the area to reduce pain or swelling. If bleeding cannot be controlled, go to the emergency room or schedule an appointment to us immediately.

Call Bronitsky Family Dentistry today at (503) 649-5665 to book an appointment.


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Bronitsky Family Dentistry
17952 SW Blanton St
Aloha, OR 97078

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