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What to Do in a Dental Emergency: Your Complete Guide

Emergencies can happen at any time, and dental emergencies are no exception. Knowing what to do in a dental emergency can make all the difference in preventing further damage or discomfort. That’s why our dental clinic is passionate about educating our patients on emergency protocol and options for care. In this guide, we’ll cover everything you need to know to handle a dental emergency with ease.
At our clinic, we offer a range of dental services to provide our patients with comprehensive care. From preventative treatments to restorative procedures, we have you covered. Our office prides itself on providing evening and weekend hours, as well as an emergency pager so that our patients can access care when they need it. Dental emergencies can happen at any time, which is why our team is always ready to provide immediate assistance.

Understanding Dental Emergencies

Dental emergencies are unexpected, urgent dental problems that require immediate attention. The following are some examples of dental emergencies:

  • Severe tooth pain
  • Knocked-out teeth
  • Dental abscesses or infections
  • Broken or cracked teeth
  • Dislodged or loose teeth
  • Bleeding mouth or gums
  • Soft tissue injuries in the mouth

It’s crucial to recognize the symptoms of a dental emergency and address it immediately. Neglecting dental emergencies can lead to serious consequences, including permanent damage or infection. Seek care from your dental professional if you notice any symptoms of a dental emergency.

Emergency Protocol

If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, it’s important to take immediate action. The following are some steps you can follow:

  • Contact your dental clinic or emergency pager immediately.
  • Follow the instructions given by your dental professional.
  • Seek immediate medical attention if there is an urgent danger.

Having a dental emergency plan in place can help you act swiftly and calmly during an emergency. Knowing whom to contact and what steps to take can help you feel more in control of the situation.

Home Treatment

While some dental emergencies require immediate professional attention, there are some minor dental problems that you can treat at home. These include:

  • Toothache relief with an over-the-counter pain reliever
  • Reducing swelling with a cold compress
  • Temporary tooth repair with dental cement
  • Managing soft tissue injuries with saltwater rinse

It’s important to remember that home treatment should only be temporary and that professional help should be sought as soon as possible. Similarly, if over-the-counter pain relief is not easing the discomfort, this is typically a sign that further dental treatment is necessary.


Dental emergencies can be stressful, but knowing what to do can make a difference in the outcome of the situation. At our clinic, we’re available to provide care during emergencies, and we encourage our patients to have a plan in place for unexpected dental problems. If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re here to help you maintain a healthy smile, even in emergency situations.

Magicland Children's Dental of North Hollywood

6423 Vineland Ave, North Hollywood, CA 916061

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