What To Do During Dental Emergencies

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Dental emergencies often strike at the worst possible times — at birthday parties, during vacation, at sporting events. At A Perfect Smile, we want to give you the information you need so that if you ever experience a dental emergency, you’ll know exactly what to do.

In every case, minimizing damage means seeing a dentist as quickly as possible. But with a little quick action on your part, you can increase the likelihood that pain can be quickly remedied and damage easily repaired.

So keep our number on hand if you’re living in the Falmouth, ME area! At A Perfect Smile, we put our patients first! If you’re in pain or have suffered a dental injury, we’ll treat you as soon as possible in a comfortable setting. Dr. Nelson sets aside time each day to accommodate patients needing same-day care.

Read on to learn more about what you should do during these common dental emergencies. Then, give us a call at (207) 536-3508 if you have immediate dental needs or want to learn more about the high-quality comprehensive dentistry we’re proud to offer.




Sometimes, it can be hard to determine whether tooth pain requires immediate attention. Generally speaking, you should contact your dentist immediately if your tooth pain:

  • Lasts more than a day or two
  • Is accompanied by a fever
  • Comes with swelling, red gums, a foul taste, or trouble breathing

In most cases, severe toothache is caused by tooth decay. When harmful bacteria inhabit your mouth, they produce a weak acid that erodes your tooth enamel. When this decay isn’t addressed in a timely manner, it can expose the more sensitive inner parts of your tooth to irritants. Over time, the bacteria can cause an infection of the nerves and tissue inside your tooth, which can be extremely painful.

If you’re experiencing debilitating toothache, give us a call. Then, to alleviate some of the pain, rinse your mouth out with warm water, take an over-the-counter painkiller and apply a cold pack to the side of your face (which will also help with swelling).


Knocked Out Tooth


With a little quick thinking, it’s possible to save a tooth that has been knocked out. Follow these steps, and do your best to see a dentist within 30 minutes.

  • If you’re experiencing uncontrollable bleeding, seek immediate medical attention. Otherwise, call a dentist so you can be seen as soon as possible.
  • Handling the tooth only by the crown (the part that’s visible when you smile), check it for cracks and debris. If necessary, rinse it briefly in a bowl of tepid water. Don’t expose it to water for more than 10 seconds.
  • If possible, place the tooth back in the socket. If that’s not possible, you can place it in your mouth between your cheek and your gum. Alternatively, you can put it in a small container with cold milk or your own saliva.


Broken Tooth


Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do on your own to minimize damage. It’s important to see a dentist quickly, particularly if you begin to experience constant pain or sensitivity.

If you break a tooth, rinse your mouth out with warm water, and if you’re experiencing pain and swelling, take an over-the-counter pain reliever and apply a cold pack to your face.

If you’re bleeding as a result of your dental injury, apply pressure and gauze to the area to minimize bleeding. Then, give us a call. If we can’t see you immediately, applying temporary dental cement (which can be found at drugstores) can help protect the broken tooth.


Comfortable Care, Even During Emergencies


At A Perfect Smile, we aim to provide a relaxing environment — especially during dental emergencies! Dr. Nelson is known for his calming demeanor, and our compassionate staff is willing to go the extra mile to ensure your comfort.

Give us a call at (207) 536-3508 to schedule an appointment.

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