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Although many dental emergencies involve pain, a large number of emergencies are pain-free. If you have lost a filling, but aren’t feeling any pain, it may still constitute a dental emergency. Our dentists treat dental emergencies based on cosmetic and health concerns. The most common dental emergencies include the following:
- A persistent toothache
- Chipped, broken, loose, or knocked out teeth
- Sharp objects caught between teeth
- Lost filling, crown, or bridge
- Soft-tissue injury (injury involving the gums, tongue, cheeks, or lips)
At Pediatric Dentistry of San Antonio, we understand that accidents happen at the most inconvenient times. The information below is offered as information only and not as professional advice. Please consult our dental professionals for such advice.
- Toothaches or Abscess
- Chipped or broken teeth
- Knocked-out teeth
- Extruded (partially dislodged) teeth
- Lost filling
- Lost crown
- Injury to the gums, tongue, cheeks, and lips that result in bleeding
A Toothache or Abscess
An abscess is an infection that occurs around the root of a tooth or in the space between the teeth and gums. Abscesses are a serious condition that can damage tissue and surrounding teeth. The infection can also potentially become serious and spread to other parts of the body if left untreated.
To ease the pain anti-inflammatory drugs are best such as Advil or Ibuprofen if you don’t have any contraindications against these medications. You also should be placed on a course of antibiotics to settle the pain. These can be prescribed to you by visiting one of our doctors for an assessment.
Chipped or Broken Teeth
Extruded (Partially Dislodged) Tooth
Injury to the Gums, Tongue, Cheeks, and Lips that Result in Bleeding
- Rinse your mouth with a mild salt-water solution.
- Use a moistened piece of gauze or tea bag to apply pressure to the bleeding site. Hold in place for 15 to 20 minutes.
- To both control bleeding and relieve pain, hold a cold compress to the outside of the mouth or cheek in the affected area for 5 to 10 minutes.
- If the bleeding doesn’t stop, see your dentist right away or go to a hospital emergency room. Continue to apply pressure on the bleeding site with the gauze until you can be seen and treated.