What to do in a Dental Emergency?

Life is unpredictable, and dental emergencies can strike when least expected. Whether it’s a sudden toothache, a knocked-out tooth, or another urgent dental issue, knowing how to handle a dental emergency is vitally important.

In this blog post, we’ll explore the importance of emergency dental care, common scenarios, and measures to take to protect your dental health when faced with unexpected challenges.

Navigating Emergency Dental Care

Recognising Dental Emergencies

Dental emergencies come in various forms, including severe toothaches, broken or knocked-out teeth or restorations, injuries to the mouth, and infections. It’s essential to recognise when a situation requires immediate attention.

Severe pain, swelling, bleeding, or any injury to the teeth or mouth that jeopardises oral health qualifies as a dental emergency.

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Stay Calm and Act Promptly

In the face of a dental emergency, staying calm is paramount. Act promptly to minimise potential damage and alleviate discomfort.

Contact us at Martock Dental Practice as soon as possible for guidance on the next steps.


For sudden and severe toothaches, rinse your mouth with warm salty water or mouthwash and gently floss to remove any debris that could be causing the pain.

Avoid placing aspirin directly on the gums, as this can lead to irritation. Contact your dentist for an appointment to identify and help with the underlying cause of the pain.

Knocked-Out Tooth

If a tooth gets knocked out completely, hold it by the crown (the visible part), not the roots. Rinse it gently with water, but do not scrub or remove any attached tissue. Store the tooth in a container of milk or saliva or keep it in the cheek (if a child, make sure they do not swallow it) and seek immediate dental attention.

Time is crucial when it comes to saving a knocked-out tooth as it is best reimplanted into the socket within the first hour of it being knocked out.

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Broken or Chipped Tooth or restoration

In the case of a broken or chipped tooth, rinse your mouth with warm salty water to clean the area. If bleeding is noted, apply gentle pressure with a clean cloth or gauze and a cold compress. Save any broken pieces if possible, and contact your emergency dentist for guidance on the necessary repairs.

Oral Infections

Oral infections, such as abscesses or swelling, require urgent attention. Rinse your mouth out with warm salty water to alleviate discomfort and contact your dentist promptly. Avoid placing heat or aspirin directly on the affected area.

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Are you on our Dental Payment Plans?

You’ll get priority appointments for dental emergencies!

If you find yourself with a cracked tooth or tooth pain and you’re a Payment Plan Patient, we will prioritise booking an appointment for your dental emergency, including out-of-hours appointments. So no need to worry about your Dental Emergency – We’ll see you quickly and get it sorted.

We also have a 24-hour Dental Emergency Helpline

As our Payment Plan Patient, you’ll be given access to our dental emergency helpline, available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. Our Emergency Helpline is manned by one of our experienced dentists, who can provide valuable advice and reassurance when needed.

While we can’t predict when a dental emergency will occur, being informed and prepared can make all the difference.

If you find yourself facing an urgent dental situation, don’t hesitate to reach out to your emergency dental care provider for guidance. Remember, quick action and timely professional intervention are key to preserving your oral health and ensuring a swift recovery.

Want more info about booking an Emergency Dentist appointment? Contact our friendly team at Martock Dentist, Somerset.

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