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How to Handle Emergencies

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When it comes to dental emergencies, having an emergency dentist like Dr. Shwarts on call is extremely important, but what should you do if you can’t reach his dental office right away? Below, you’ll find a few tips on how to handle some of the most common dental emergencies we see. While these are proven to work and can help reduce pain and damage, you should still try to come see us as soon as you can!


First, gently rinse and floss around the tooth—dental pain can sometimes be the result of a piece of food being stuck between the teeth. If this doesn’t help, a cavity or crack is likely the cause, in which case you can take an OTC medication or place a cold compress on the face to provide temporary relief.

Chipped/Broken Teeth

A cold compress can help reduce any pain and keep swelling under control. Gather up any large pieces of the tooth that you can, and be sure to bring them to our dental office. If the remaining tooth has a rough edge, it can be covered with some sugarless gum or dental wax to prevent it from cutting the inside of the mouth.

Knocked-Out Tooth

Pick up the tooth without touching the root, rinse off any debris, and try to place it back into its socket. You need to move quickly in this situation, as a dislodged tooth can only be replanted within an hour or so of the initial incident. If the tooth won’t stay in the socket, it can also be stored between the cheek and gums or in a container with milk or saltwater—it must stay wet to keep it alive!

Lost Filling / Crown

After rinsing off the restoration, try to place it back onto the tooth. If any pain or sensitivity develops, it’s OK to take an OTC medication. A small dab of toothpaste can help keep the restoration stable, but DON’T use any other kind of adhesive.

How to Prevent Dental Emergencies

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  • Enjoy playing sports? No matter your age, chosen game, or level of play, make sure your smile stays protected by always wearing a mouthguard --up to 40% of all dental injuries are sports-related!
  • Be careful when chewing particularly hard or sticky foods, and avoid munching on items like ice, pens, and pencils altogether.
  • Don’t use your teeth to open bottles or packages—this can easily chip them!
  • Brush and floss your teeth every day in addition to getting regular dental checkups. This is by far the best way to stop those small problems that can turn into big emergencies later.

Cost of Dental Emergencies

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How Dr. Shwarts chooses to treat a dental emergency will be based on the type and severity of the injury. Because every situation is unique, the cost of urgent dental care can vary quite a bit from person to person. To help patients dealing with this unexpected expense, our dental office is happy to offer flexible financing that can be used to break up any costs into smaller installments. We can quickly go over your options after we get you out of pain.

Root Canal Therapy

Decay and damage don’t just create problems for the visual parts of your tooth. In fact, if it is severe enough, it can reach the innermost layers of your tooth, causing infection to take hold of the root, resulting in immense pain. What started as an annoying toothache has now progressed into unbearable pain. When this happens, extraction is a possible solution, but if you want to keep your natural tooth as long as possible, a root canal in Richardson is the only viable solution.

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Emergency Dentistry FAQs

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If you’re unsure of what to do during a dental emergency, the first step you should take is always call your emergency dentist in Richardson. Our team will guide you through any necessary first-aid tips and make sure that you don’t sustain any additional oral damage. For your convenience, we’ve answered some common questions we receive from our patients below.  

When should I call my emergency dentist?

Patients are often too nervous to call our office because they aren’t sure whether their issue will disappear on its own or not. The downside to this frame-of-mind is that when you leave a small problem to progress, you’re risking permanent oral damage that can be more costly to treat and painful. A good way to know whether you need urgent dental care is to ask yourself the following questions. If you answer “yes” to any of them, be sure to contact our office immediately:

  • Do you have a broken or chipped tooth?
  • Have you lost feeling in your tooth or gums?
  • Do you taste metal in your mouth?
  • Do you have an oral sore that hasn’t healed in two weeks or longer?
  • Are you experiencing a severe toothache that won’t go away?
  • Are your gums swollen?
  • Is a permanent tooth loose or swollen?

Typically, if you feel like something is wrong or out-of-the-ordinary, then it is. When you contact our office, we’ll be able to let you know if you need to come in immediately and provide you with first-aid guidance to help ease your pain.

Should I go to the emergency room or an emergency dentist?

Certain emergencies require immediate medical attention before you’re able to visit your emergency dentist in Richardson. Any type of trauma such as jaw fractures, a dislocated jaw, deep facial lacerations, or any issue that’s impacting your ability to easily swallow or breathe, all require a trip to your emergency room. After you’ve received the urgent medical attention necessary, don’t forget to contact our office so we can repair your smile and make sure you’re not at risk for developing oral health problems down the road!

What should I put in my dental emergency kit?

A good way to be prepared in case of a dental emergency is to make a couple kits to keep at your home, work, or in your car. Even if you’re on your way to your emergency dentist, having certain supplies can be handy to help ease your pain or prevent any additional damage from occurring. Here are some items that you’ll want to include in your kits:

  • Latex-free gloves
  • Over-the-counter pain medication
  • Dental floss
  • Denture adhesive
  • Gauze pads
  • A small container that can seal
  • The number of your emergency dentist

How can I keep my face from swelling?

There are several problems that could cause your face to swell up, including dental trauma or an infection. In these cases, you can reduce any puffiness by placing a cold compress on the outside of your face in the affected area. Apply the ice pack for 10 minutes and then remove it for 10 minutes. You can repeat this for up to an hour to ease your discomfort as well.