How to Handle Dental Emergency Issues

A red first aid kit next to a white tooth to indicate a dental emergency in Tucson, AZ

Nobody wants to think about a dental emergency. But the more prepared you are, the better you’ll be able to deal with the issue if disaster strikes, and the more likely you’ll be to be able to save the affected natural tooth. Read on to learn how you should react in the face of common dental emergencies.

Knocked-Out Tooth

One of the most serious and urgent dental issues is a knocked-out tooth. This commonly happens when patients are playing sports. If this happens to you or a loved one, it is very important that you act quickly so we can reattach the tooth.

Call us right away and we’ll walk you through exactly what you need to do. We’ll give instructions on preserving the tooth. If you feel comfortable doing so, you can gently handle the tooth by its crown (chewing surface), rinse it off, and put it back in place or in a container with milk. Then, get to our office as soon and as safely as you can.

Cracked or Broken Tooth

A crack or break in a tooth can allow bacteria to enter the sensitive inner portion of the tooth, called the pulp. This contains blood vessels and nerves. You’ll want to get a broken tooth taken care of soon to protect it from infection and further damage.

If there’s any pain or swelling around a broken tooth, help manage the pain with an ice pack and/or over-the-counter pain medication. Call us to make an appointment to come in soon. You’ll likely need a bonding, root canal therapy, veneer, and/or dental crown, depending on the extent of the damage.


If you experience persistent pain in your mouth, it’s a good idea to make an appointment as soon as possible. There are a variety of different reasons why you might have pain. You’ll want to visit us to rule out an emergency scenario like an infection or abscess.

Emergency Dental Care in Tucson, AZ

Whatever the dental emergency may be, our team is ready at Artistic Dentistry to help you and your family! We also offer dental sedation to help you stay calm and relaxed during your treatment. Contact us today to learn additional tips for handling emergency situations.

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