Dental Emergency

It’s never a good time for a dental emergency, especially during the holidays.

There are ways to avoid injury to your teeth and gums during this time:

  • Avoid chewing ice, popcorn kernels and hard candy, all of which can crack a tooth.
  • Chew hard foods, such as nuts and peanut brittle, slowly.
  • Do not use your teeth to open or cut any type of hard shell.
  • Avoid using your teeth as scissors on tape, packaging or ribbon.

But accidents do happen, and being prepared for a dental emergency can mean the difference between saving a tooth and losing a tooth. Ask your dentist at Cliffside Dental about after-hours emergency dental clinic. They will provide you with an alternate phone number or the location of an emergency dental clinic in your area.

Here are some tips on handling some common dental emergencies before you can get to a dentist.


First, call your dentist. Explain your symptoms and ask to be seen as soon as possible. Then ease the pain. Take an over-the-counter pain medicine that works for you, but do not put the pills on your sore tooth. Hold an ice pack against your face at the spot of the sore tooth. Do not put a heating pad, a hot water bottle, or any other source of heat on your jaw. Heat will make things worse instead of better.

Chipped/Broken Tooth

Broken teeth can almost always be saved. Call your dentist and explain what happened. He or she will see you right away. If it’s a small break, your dentist may use a white filling to fix the tooth. If the break is serious, a root canal may be needed. Your tooth may also need a crown (also called a cap).

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Get the help you need

We realize mishaps happen. That’s why urgent situations become our priority, so you can feel relief as soon as possible.

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