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What To Do During A Dental Emergency

Posted on 12/7/2016 by Michael Bleyzer, DDS
Graphic of a missing toothWhen dental emergencies occur, knowing how to handle the problem is crucial. Dr. Michael Bleyzer, your Pomona, NY emergency dentist, explains what you should do if you experience a dental emergency.

Don't panic

When your tooth has been knocked out or you've suffered an injury, panic is the natural reaction. Staying calm will help you avoid making any rash decisions that may jeopardize the health of your tooth.

Learn the proper treatment for common emergencies

These tooth problems are considered an emergency and require immediate treatment. Emergency care recommendations vary depending on the type of problem, such as:

Knocked Out Tooth:

Knocked out teeth can occur if you fall, are in a car accident or are injured while playing a sport. For a knocked out tooth, it’s important to keep the tooth moist. If possible, try to place the tooth back its socket, without touching the roots, but don't force it. If you can’t, you can place the tooth between your cheek and your gums. You may store knocked out tooth in milk or contact lens solution. It's important that you see your Pomona emergency dentist as soon as possible.

Loose Tooth:

When playing sports, it’s important to wear a mouth guard. Teeth can become loose and move out of position after a blow to the mouth. If you have a loose tooth, avoid chewing or putting pressure on the tooth until you’re able to see your dentist.

Cracked Tooth:

Teeth can break due to an injury, due to stress on the tooth or chewing on hard objects. Cracked teeth can be painful. If you experience a cracked tooth you can rinse your mouth with warm water, which helps keep the area clean, as well as put a cold compress to reduce swelling. See your dentist as soon as you can.


An infection in your tooth can cause severe pain. If this is the case, emergency treatment is needed to stop the infection. Root canal treatment can help save the tooth.

Prompt treatment is the key to a positive outcome after a dental emergency. Call Dr. Bleyzer, your Pomona, NY, emergency dentist, also serving the Rockland County and Stony Point, NY, area, at (845) 429-8060 if you experience an emergency.
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Pomona, NY 10970-3038
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