What Should I Do After A Dental Emergency?

When you face a dental emergency, what do you do? In today’s blog, your El Paso, TX, dentists look at common emergency scenarios, and discusses how to respond to them. We also want to remind our patients that we’re still here to address these concerns, and return your smile to optimal health, function, and beauty should you encounter a serious oral health problem.

Don’t Panic!

Damaging a tooth could be scary, as could sudden pain in one or more teeth. But don’t panic! If you have pain in your tooth, then rinse with warm water and floss on either side of your tooth. Is this fails to relieve the pain, then let us know, as the discomfort could be caused by a cavity or an infection. If a tooth is chipped or cracked, then rinse with warm water and use a washcloth or gauze to control the bleeding. Give us a call to schedule a visit, and then use a cold compress or ice pack to reduce any facial swelling. If a tooth is knocked out completely, then pick it up by the crown and place it in a glass of milk or salt water, then bring it with you when you see us for treatment!

Call Our Office

We have two locations in El Paso, TX! We have an office on 1788 North Zaragoza Road and another on 10039 Dyer Street. Contact the one closest to your location, and we will set up a time to see you and provide treatment for your emergency situation. In the meantime, you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever to ease your discomfort until we can restore your tooth.

For minor damage, dental bonding could provide a lifelike solution in a single visit. For severely decay or infected teeth, or teeth that have serious breakage or cracks, we could create and place a custom-made dental crown, one that offers a durable chewing surface and a lifelike appearance.

Protect Your Smile

Remember, keeping your smile healthy from home helps keep it strong, reducing the risk of damage. Make sure you brush and floss daily to remove food particles and reduce the risk of cavities or infection, which could weaken your tooth. If you play sports or engage in activities that could injure a tooth, be sure you wear a mouthguard. If you do need to see our team for treatment, remember that we follow strict health and safety guidelines, regularly cleaning and disinfecting surfaces throughout the office.


At Sunny Smiles in El Paso, TX, we can help whether you have a chipped or infected tooth. For more information on our emergency treatment options, contact our N. Zaragoza dental practice by calling 915-849-9000.