Dental Tips Blog


What to Do If Your Tooth Is Knocked Out

While it’s not fun to imagine, getting a tooth knocked out is a grisly possibility in many accidents. Be prepared in advance by knowing what to do in that situation.

Locate and Clean Your Tooth

Find the tooth that’s been knocked out and carefully pick it up. Handle it only by the crown (chewing surface) as much as you can. Avoid touching the root since this will have living fibers still connected to it. If you touch the root surface too much, you can destroy these fibers and reduce the chances of the tooth reattaching.

Clean the tooth in a bowl of clean water. You don’t need any soap. Don’t disturb the root fibers by cleaning them under running water.

Gently Rinse Your Mouth

Swish a little warm water around your mouth gently to get rid of blood and debris. Avoid vigorous swishing since that can make the bleeding worse. Adding salt to the water can help bring down some swelling.

Try to Replace Your Tooth

If you can reorient your tooth correctly, try to put it back in the socket. If you succeed, hold it in place by lightly biting it down onto a piece of gauze.

Securely Store Your Tooth

What if you can’t put your tooth in yourself? Store it in a small clean container of either milk or saliva. If you’re en route to the dentist, you can even hold the tooth in the side of your mouth between your cheek and other teeth.

See a Dentist ASAP

Call a dentist right away. If it’s outside of office hours or you can’t get an appointment with your regular dentist, call an emergency dentist or head to an emergency room.

Visit your dentist to get more tips on preparing for dental emergencies.

Posted on behalf of:
Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC
1295 Hembree Rd B202
Roswell, GA 30076
(770) 475-6767


How to Get Relief from a Toothache Until You Can See a Dentist

Maybe you bit down on a hard nut in trail mix while camping and shattered a chipped tooth. Or perhaps you realized you had an abscess in the middle of the night.

Whatever the case, you’re in pain and since toothaches tend to strike at inconvenient times, you fear you won’t be able get to a dental office any time soon.

What can you do to get some fast relief? Here are a few tips to help.

Rinse with saltwater.

Swish your mouth with a small glass of warm water that has a teaspoon of salt dissolved in it. This will help reduce swelling, soothe your mouth, and cleanse your sore tooth of debris.

Make a cold compress.

You can never go wrong with a numbingly cold ice pack. Place a cold compress against the side of your face to dull the pain when you have nothing else on hand.

Use a topical anesthetic or clove oil.

Topical oral numbing gels are lifesavers in dental emergencies! They are especially good for soft tissue injuries such as when you accidentally bite your lip or tongue.

Take a painkiller.

Over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen work well at dulling dental pain and inflammation to help you sleep through the night.

Try a temporary dental cement.

Temporary dental cements can be found in almost any drugstore, often coming in a kit with little tools to apply it. The cement can be used to patch up a hole left behind when a filling falls out or to reattach a loose dental crown until you can see a dentist.

You shouldn’t wait long to contact a dentist. At the earliest opportunity, call about an emergency visit to have your toothache treated.

Posted on behalf of:
Riverwood Dental
3350 Riverwood Pkwy #2120
Atlanta, GA 30339
(770) 955-2505


What to Do When Your Dental Crown Comes Off

Posted in Crowns

If you have a dental cap suddenly come off in your mouth, there’s no need to panic.

A few simple steps will keep your tooth safe and clean until you can see a dentist.

Clean Up

Rinse your mouth out with warm water to get rid of debris. Check your tooth to see if any bits are fractured or broken off. If you aren’t sure, look inside the dental cap for pieces of tooth that may have come off with it. If everything looks fine, use a toothpick to gently nudge loose any cement or food debris.

Secure the Crown

Your cap may still be usable so try not to lose it. Practice fitting the crown back onto your tooth, rotating it until you find the correct orientation. Once you’re sure of the fit, stick the crown in place with a dab of temporary dental cement.

Temporary cement is available in almost any drugstore. It won’t help your crown stay in place forever, but it’s the best way to protect your tooth until you can see your dentist.

In An Emergency

As long as everything is stabilized and you’re comfortable, you can often afford to wait a day or two before seeing a dentist.

But if your crown comes off and leaves a very sensitive, bleeding, or damaged tooth, then you may need more immediate help. Constant bleeding from a tooth injury may require a trip to the emergency room. Call your local dental office for instructions if you are in a lot of pain.

No matter what condition your tooth is in, contact your local dentist as soon as possible to have your crown examined and replaced.

Posted on behalf of:
Pure Smiles Dentistry
2655 Dallas Highway Suite 510
Marietta, GA 30064


Dental Emergency: A Broken Crown

It’s hard to miss it when it happens – the look and feel of a broken crown is almost impossible to ignore. Here’s what you need to know in case this happens to you.

Why You Should Do Something About It

Some crowns are coated with a thin porcelain layer while the underlying tooth is protected by a metal layer. When this cap fractures, it’s more unsightly than it is harmful. But other crowns can directly open up your tooth pulp to infection if compromised.

How It Happens

Crown are usually fractured as the result of accidentally biting onto a hard ice cube or popcorn kernel in just the wrong way.

It’s also very common for a cap to break down simply because it was ready to go. Many years of wear takes a toll on even the toughest restoration. The lifespan of your crown may be shortened further if you tend to grind or clench your teeth together. Because of this, a crack can start slowly and suddenly fracture all at once.

What To Do When Your Crown Breaks

How badly is your crown broken? See if you can move it around. If it’s very loose, try to remove it so that you don’t swallow it.

There’s usually no need to visit the emergency room over a broken dental cap. Contact your dentist to schedule a emergency dental visit within the next week. If you have bleeding or extreme sensitivity associated with the fracture, you should see your dentist as soon as possible.

In some cases, an entirely new crown is necessary. Your dentist will let you know what can be done to repair and save your damaged crown.

Posted on behalf of:
The Newport Beach Dentist
1901 Westcliff Drive #6
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 646-2481


Your Dental Emergency

Oral pain should never be ignored.  Even mild mouth discomfort can be the first sign of a bigger problem.  It’s important to notify your dentist for prompt care, if you’re suffering from a dental emergency!

What Can You Do?

When a dental emergency occurs, your immediate reaction is important!  While you wait for expert care, here’s a few helpful tips for the most common oral concerns:

  • A Knocked Out Tooth – Gently rinse an adult tooth and place it back into the socket, being careful not to touch the root.  If that’s not possible, it’s important to keep the tooth moist.  You can retain the tooth between your cheek and gums or submerge it in milk until you get to your dentist.
  • A Sensitive Tooth – Gently swish your mouth with warm water then floss carefully, to determine if the source of sensitivity is caused by trapped food between the teeth.  If pain persists, it may be a cavity or infection, best diagnosed by your dentist.
  • A Chipped Or Broken Tooth – Remove any pieces of tooth that may be loose and bring them to your dentist. In the meantime, gently rinse your mouth with warm water and apply a cold compress to your face to minimize swelling.
  • A Dislodged Crown – If possible, bring your loose crown to your dentist to have it recemented into place.
  • Injury To The Tongue, Gums or Lips – When blood vessels and nerves are injured, infection and permanent damage can occur.  Use water to gently clean the injured area and apply a cold compress.

Call Your Dentist!

While these tips may be helpful for your dental emergency, the most important thing you can do is call your dentist right away.  Don’t endure oral discomfort, especially when your dental health is at risk!

Posted on behalf of:
Linda King, DDS MAGD
4146 Georgia 42
Locust Grove, GA 30248
(770) 898-8872


When to Call Your Dentist After Hours

Do you have a toothache at night time?  You probably want to call your dentist right away, but at the same time, you don’t want to bother your dentist after office hours.  So what should you do in cases like this?  After hour calls to your dentist should be reserved for dental emergencies only.  How do you know if you have an emergency or if it can wait?

If you answer yes to the following questions, you may have a dental emergency that warrants making a phone call:

  • Are you feeling pain that is severe?
  • Is there blood coming from your mouth?
  • Have you had an injury to your mouth or face?
  • Are any of your teeth loose?
  • Are there any areas of swelling in your mouth or on your face?
  • Do you have any swelling or bumps on your gums?

If you are in pain, unable to speak, or are too embarrassed to be seen in public because of your situation – then it probably warrants a call to your dentist. Most offices will accept emergency calls and return your message very quickly to let you know what to do next. If it is a true emergency, it may be necessary to meet you in the office. Thankfully in most cases, your dentist can arrange to have you come in during the next business day.

Many dental emergencies can be prevented by seeing your dentist regularly. Routine checkups and exams identify problems before they have a chance to get worse. If you do have an emergency situation, call your dentist immediately.  All other dental concerns can probably wait until regular office hours to be addressed.

Posted on behalf of:
Crabapple Dental
12670 Crabapple Rd #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(678) 319-0123


3 Tips to Keep Your Smile Bright Through the Holidays

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  Families are together, the weather is cooler and lots of delicious holiday food and treats are made. One concern though, is how will the holiday food affect your beautiful smile?

What are some tips to keep your smile bright during the holidays?

Limit the sweets– Since sugary food and drinks can combine with germs in your mouth to cause gum disease and cavities, it is important to limit the amount of food and drinks sweetened with sugar.  It is ok to still have an occasional treat during the holidays…just try not to make these foods your entire holiday diet!

Limit drinks that stain teeth– If you like drinks such as coffee, tea or red wine, you can still occasionally drink them but like sweets, you will want to limit how many drinks you have.  This way, you will not constantly bathe your teeth with these tooth-staining liquids. When possible, drink them through a straw.

Brush and floss after each meal– It is always a great idea to brush with a fluoride toothpaste and to floss after each meal to prevent your mouth germs from causing harm to your gums and teeth.  You will also reduce the chances of drinks staining your teeth if you brush with a whitening and fluoride toothpaste.

If you can’t brush and floss after each meal, at least rinse your mouth out with water afterward to lift extra stain particles.

What if you have a toothache during the holidays?  Make sure you understand your dentist’s emergency policy and keep their number on hand. The last thing you want to have during the holidays is a dental emergency!

Posted on behalf of:
Alan Horlick DDS
6572 Hwy 92 #120
Acworth, GA 30102
(770) 591-8446


Is It A Real Dental Emergency?

If you are surprised by finding something unusual going on in your mouth, then calling your dentist as soon as possible is a natural reaction. There are some dental “emergencies,” however, that can wait a few days until a convenient appointment time opens up. When do you drop everything and run to the dentist? When you have some time on your side? These guidelines can help.


Wait it out – some discomfort is connected to sensitivity from receding gums, or several teeth may ache because of strong clenching habits.

Call the dentist – severe, or lingering pain, especially if it is connected to temperature changes or bite-pressure, or if it is focused to one particular tooth.


Wait it out – some bleeding on brushing and flossing can be a simple indicator of gingivitis. This is reversed with proper oral hygiene, and a routine dental cleaning.

Call the dentist – if there is nonstop bleeding following a dental procedure or surgery.

Lost filling/crown or fractured tooth:

Wait it out, but not for long – if the damaged area is not sensitive, you may be able to wait, but no longer than a couple of weeks to have the area restored. Never ignore a damaged tooth for long, even if it doesn’t bother you.


Call the dentist RIGHT AWAY – swelling of the cheek, jaw, or noticing any single spots of swelling on your gums could be a sign of dental abscess.

Visit your dentist regularly for routine exams to stay informed of your dental needs. Your dental team is always ready to answer your questions!

Posted on behalf of:
Grateful Dental
2000 Powers Ferry Rd SE #1
Marietta, GA 30067
(678) 593-2979


Do I Call a Doctor or My Dentist?

Some types of urgent situations or illness can leave you wondering “should I call my doctor?” or “can my dentist help me?” If you’ve had these questions go through your mind, you are not alone.

A lot of people forget that dentists don’t just fix teeth – they are actually specialists of tissues in and around the mouth, head and neck. You can even have your dentist check your lymph nodes during an exam, or screen for skin cancer on your face!

Facial Swelling

Swelling in and around the mouth can be extremely painful, but may not warrant a trip to the emergency room. It could be caused by an abscessed tooth or infection that your dentist can quickly diagnose. 

Infections Inside of Your Mouth

Ulcers, growths on your tongue or even bacterial infections are all easily recognized by your dentist. If you are contemplating making a trip out of the way to see a physician for something like this, your dentist may be able to offer you a quicker diagnosis and care recommendation. 

Busted Lips

Let’s say you had an accident that resulted in a busted lip and a broken tooth. Where do you go first? Most people would go to the emergency room, but it’s actually your tooth that needs the quickest response in care. Not only that, but your dentist can also help by suturing your lip and numbing the area to eliminate pain!

If you find yourself experiencing discomfort in or around your mouth, consider calling your dentist. Even if you aren’t sure whether or not it is appropriate, one of the team members can answer any questions that you may have.

Posted on behalf of:
Gilreath Dental Associates
200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 514-1224


What to Do When You Chip a Tooth

Chipping a tooth can be scary, bothersome, and even painful. What if the chip is very small? Is it something you should worry about, even if it doesn’t hurt? A lot of people experience very minor chips from accidents around the house or from biting down on something accidentally. Knowing what to do next is important and can protect your smile.

If chips are small, you can have your dentist smooth them out. Small chips may only be 1-1.5mm, but to your tongue they will feel 5 times the size. The sharpness can bother your lips and cheeks, even cutting them at times. Smoothing out these extremely small chips is relatively simple and takes only a few minutes. In most cases your dentist does not even need to use anesthesia!

Moderate chips in the teeth may require a small tooth-colored restoration to restore the appearance of the tooth. Depending on where the chip occurred, some areas are easier to repair than others.

When teeth chip large enough that you can recover the portion of tooth that has broken off, bring it to your dentist. To keep it hydrated, place it in a small amount of saline solution or milk. Your dentist may be able to bond the enamel back into place. If damage is too severe, you may need a larger restoration placed over the tooth to protect it from infection.

When in doubt, always call your dentist. That’s what they are there for! If your injury causes any tooth discoloration, swelling, or lip lacerations you can call your dentist instead of going to the emergency room.

Posted on behalf of:
Gilreath Dental Associates
200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 514-1224

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