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3 Things You DON'T Want to Do in a Dental Emergency! (And What to Do Instead....)

Emergency Dentist in West Chester OH | Woman with Toothache

Dental emergencies can happen to the best of us. Perhaps you are chewing, and suddenly you feel something hard—and you realize a filling has popped out. Maybe a slightly irritating toothache has suddenly become full-blown pain that is unbearable. Or you have suffered some kind of trauma, and your tooth has been completely knocked out.

It’s tough to know how to react in these situations. Your emergency dentist in West Chester, Joel R. Koch, DDS, can offer the following advice.

#1—Don’t Panic

It’s natural to panic, especially if a tooth has been damaged or completely knocked out of your mouth. Try to keep a level head—and call the dentist immediately.

If a tooth has fallen out or been knocked out, try to put it back into its socket until you can get to the dentist.

#2—Don’t Ignore the Problem

If your toothache has gone from bad to worse, you might be living on over-the-counter pain relievers, hoping to hang on until the pain goes away. The truth about dental pain is that it is never normal—and it is unlikely to go away on its own. Don’t make the mistake of ignoring it; call your dentist immediately.

#3—Don’t Skip the Emergency Room

Sometimes a dental emergency calls for a trip to the emergency room. For example, if you are bleeding from the mouth and you cannot get it to stop, or if you think your jaw might be broken, call 9-1-1 or have someone take you to the ER right away.

Call For Emergency Dental Services

Don’t let a dental emergency get the best of you. Call your emergency dentist in West Chester, Joe R. Koch, DDS. We can advise you over the phone and get you in for an appointment as soon as possible.