Nicole Hall, DDS
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What to Do in a Dental Emergency

January 21, 2023
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Posted By: Dr. Nicole Hall
Emergency dentist in Phoenix, Arizona

If you experience a dental emergency, it’s always best to try to remain calm. You can take steps to help yourself and prevent the situation from worsening if you keep a cool head and follow some simple instructions.

How to Handle a Dental Emergency

If you experience any of these urgent situations, call your emergency dentist in Phoenix, AZ, right away at (602) 265-6456. Seeking prompt dental treatment gets you out of pain faster and can help prevent further damage to your oral health. 

In the meantime, here are some tips for handling your dental emergency until you see your dentist.

  • Toothache — Dissolve half a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water and use it as a rinse to reduce inflammation. Use floss to remove food particles stuck between teeth that may cause your toothache. Take over-the-counter pain medication like ibuprofen and contact your dentist as soon as possible.
  • Broken tooth — Rinse your mouth with warm water and use a cold compress on the affected area to minimize swelling. Contact us to schedule an appointment to repair the tooth. 
  • Lost filling — Gather up any pieces of the broken filling you can find and bring them to your emergency dental appointment. 
  • Lost crown — If possible, place the dental crown back on the tooth; if that doesn't work, wrap it in tissue and bring it to your emergency dental appointment. 
  • Knocked-out tooth — Call your emergency dentist immediately, as it is crucial to act quickly to save the tooth. Handle the tooth by the crown only, taking care not to touch the roots or disturb the attached tissue. Gently rinse the tooth if it’s dirty. Try reinserting the tooth in its socket and biting down gently to hold it in place. If this isn’t possible, place the tooth in a cup of milk or saliva and bring it to your emergency appointment. 

Common Dental Emergencies

Dr. Nicole Hall, DDS, your emergency dentist in Phoenix, has the expertise and skill to treat a wide range of dental emergencies, including:

  • Toothache
  • Broken tooth
  • Swollen or inflamed gums
  • Lost filling
  • Lost dental crown
  • Broken denture
  • Dental trauma

Contact Your Emergency Dentist in Phoenix ASAP

If you have a toothache, broken tooth, or other urgent situation, call our Midtown dental office right away at (602) 265-6456 so we can help you. We treat a wide range of dental emergencies in Phoenix, AZ, and can assess your symptoms. Our dental team will help you schedule an appointment to provide the relief and treatment you need. 

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