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How to Handle the Most Common Dental Emergencies Enroute to Our Office

Dental emergencies can be upsetting and can result from a variety of reasons. You could have obvious tooth damage or unexplained severe pain. Whatever the cause, these emergencies often come on suddenly, without regard to office hours. Do you know what to do between the emergency and when you can get to the dentist?

Choosing an emergency dentistry specialist is your first move. In Rancho Santa Margarita, California, Arbours Aesthetic Dentistry is your choice, particularly if your emergency is confined to teeth and gums, without additional head or neck trauma. If your emergency occurs outside of business hours, contact the office as soon as possible, then consult the tips below for interim self-care. 

Identifying a dental emergency

A blow to the mouth that affects or damages your teeth could create an obvious emergency, but sometimes it might not be so clear. You could have a dental emergency arising from any of these causes: 

Common dental procedures, such as cleaning or fillings, aren’t generally emergencies unless you’re experiencing severe pain as a result. 

For an emergency during office hours, call and describe your symptoms to help us evaluate the nature and severity of your emergency.  If you sustain trauma to your face or mouth, such as a dislocated jaw, fracture, or excessive bleeding, seek emergency medical attention immediately.

Handling common emergencies

Taking action before you reach the office can, in some cases, aid later treatment. Consider these steps when you have an emergency. 

Cracked tooth

Rinse your mouth with warm water and use a cold compress on your face to combat any swelling.

Knocked-out tooth

Keep the tooth moist by placing it in your mouth, tucked between your cheek and gums, or in a small container of milk. You can also try placing it back in its socket, but do not handle the tooth by its roots.


Clean your mouth with warm water, carefully flossing to remove debris between teeth. Don’t use aspirin directly on teeth or gum tissue.

Bites or cuts

After biting your lip or tongue, clean the area with warm water and apply a cold compress to ease swelling.

Stuck objects

When something lodges in your mouth but it doesn’t come out with brushing or flossing, don’t use another object to try to remove it. This can lead to pain, infection, or damage to the teeth and gums.


Increased tooth sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures could indicate decay, a loose filling, or receding gums. Use a soft toothbrush and switch to a sensitive-tooth toothpaste while waiting for your appointment.

Contact Arbours Aesthetic Dentistry for emergencies or any other general, family, or cosmetic services you require. You can call the office by phone, or request an appointment online. No matter what your dental needs, don’t delay. Book your session now.

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