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Guide to Dealing With a Dental Emergency

Have you recently cracked or chipped a tooth?  Are you looking for the most dependable emergency dentist Salt Lake City has to offer?  If so, Dr. Roberts at Kim G. Roberts DDS is ready and willing to provide you same day dental treatment at a moment’s notice.

Similarly to gum disease and cavities, most dental issues gradually develop over the course of months or even years – almost always due to dental health negligence.  Pain and tooth sensitivity will often occur very suddenly and may require immediate dental treatment.

However, it’s not always obvious or clear if you truly have a dental emergency or need for same-day treatment.  If you’re unsure if your gums, tooth, or mouth require emergency care, here’s a guide of 11 specific scenarios that will hopefully help you know if you should contact a Salt Lake emergency dentist or even go to the emergency room.

Tongue or lip bite that is bleeding excessively

An accidental bite of your lip, tongue or mouth can be painful and lead to infection if not treated.  Clean the affected area and apply ice to reduce swelling.  If the bleeding won’t stop and appears to be severe, seek immediate medical care.

Cracked or broken tooth

If you have a cracked or broken tooth, a Salt Lake City emergency dentist like Kim Roberts is there to help.  Make sure to rinse out your mouth with warm water and ice or cold compress the affected part of the mouth.

Damaged braces

If you’ve damaged your braces, contact your orthodontist immediately.  Certain instances of braces damage can wait until the next appointment, but others will need to be fixed immediately.

Injured jaw

If you think your jaw is broken, ice the area immediately and contact your dentist or go to the emergency room.

Loose tooth

If you have a tooth or teeth that have been partially dislodged, contact your dentist immediately.  Kim Roberts DDS has handled many cases like this and helped many people save their affected teeth.  Until you’re able to get to the dental office, take some pain reliever and ice the affected area for pain relief.

Knocked out tooth

If you’ve had a tooth knocked out, grab the lost tooth by its crown and rinse the root clean with water – try to avoid removing pieces of attached tissue or scrubbing the tooth.  You may be able to reinsert the lost tooth into the socket, but if that is unsuccessful, you need immediate dental treatment.

Lost crown or filling

If you have a filling or crown that has fallen out, place the crown or filling in a safe place and make an immediate appointment with a dentist.  Clove oil can be applied to the affected area in your mouth and dental cement can relieve some of the pain, but consult a dentist before doing these things.

Object lodged in teeth

If you’ve gotten something stuck in your teeth, use dental floss to try and remove it.  If that isn’t successful, contact a dentist – he or she will help determine if it requires immediate treatment.

Painful swelling

If you’re experiencing painful swelling in your mouth, contact a dentist to schedule an appointment.  Painful swelling can be caused by an infected pocket of pus or an abscess.  As you wait to see a dentist, try to relieve some pain and pressure by rinsing out your mouth with saltwater.


Pericoronitis is an infection that happens when your wisdom teeth improperly come into the mouth.  Swollen and irritated gums, bad breath, bad taste in your mouth, or the inability to fully open your mouth are all possible symptoms of pericoronitis.  If you’re experiencing any of this, visit your dentist as soon as possible.

Sudden or severe toothache

If you’re experiencing a toothache, try flossing around the tooth that is affected and rinse out your mouth with warm water.  If your toothache persists, call a dentist immediately.

Dental emergencies happen frequently, and if not treated quickly can lead to severe damage and infection.  Contact Kim Roberts DDS when looking for an emergency dentist Salt Lake City can count on.  The sooner you seek emergency dental treatment, the higher the chances are that you will make a complete recovery and prevent additional dental health complications.