Valley Dental Associates
9199 Reisterstown Road, Suite 206B, Owings Mills, MD 21117

Practical Tips for Handling Unexpected Dental Emergencies


Dental emergencies occur when you least expect them. If not handled properly, they can result in serious pain, permanent damage, and high dental bills, so it’s best to learn how to prepare for them. It may be difficult to locate an emergency dental clinic on weekends or after office hours. If you know how to handle common emergencies until you can obtain professional help, you may be able to prevent complications or even save a tooth.

Following is a list of seven tips for handling common tooth injuries and other emergencies until you can get help.

  1. If a filling falls out, fill the hole with temporary dental cement or sugarless chewing gum until you can see your dentist.
  2. If you chip or fracture a tooth, rinse your mouth and any broken tooth pieces with warm water. If you’re bleeding, apply gauze firmly for approximately 10 minutes. A cold compress can help relieve swelling and pain. See your dentist soon.
  3. If you get a sudden toothache, rinse out your mouth with warm water, and use floss to remove debris. If there is swelling, apply a cold compress to your face. Do not apply aspirin to your tooth.
  4. If you have a painful, pimple-like swelling it could be a dental abscess, which is a serious condition that requires medical care. See your dentist in Owings Mills as soon as possible.
  5. If a crown falls off and you can’t get to the dentist right away, swab clove oil onto the tooth to relieve any pain and try to slip the crown back over it. To help your crown stay in place, apply temporary dental cement, denture adhesive, or toothpaste to the inner surface. Never apply glue.
  6. If a tooth gets knocked out, hold it by its crown and gently rinse it in water. Never scrub the tooth or disturb the soft tissues attached to it. If you can, place the tooth back in its socket, but don’t force it. If you can’t replace it, store it in milk. Obtain care from an emergency dentist within one hour for the best chances of saving the tooth.
  7. If you suffer a lip, tongue, gum, or inner cheek injury, rinse with salty water to remove food and debris. To control bleeding, apply pressure to the site using moist gauze or a tea bag. If it doesn’t stop within 10 minutes, see an emergency dentist immediately, or go to your local emergency room.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Owings Mills, call Valley Dental Associates today at (443) 898-1240 or make an appointment.

Valley Dental Associates offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Owings Mills. Our office is conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Valley Dental Associates, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Valley Dental Associates.

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The dental hygienist gave me a thorough cleaning and irrigation of my teeth and also made excellent recommendations.
Paul L.
The staff is very friendly and the office is very clean. I had a root canal done and the pain level was about slim to none. Dr. Oppenheim is the best!!!
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Very professional and personable service.
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I trust my dentist completely.
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Clean and professional atmosphere
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Friendly courtesous staff. Appointment are always on time. When you call to scheduled they give you fast appointments.
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First impression of the office. Friendliness of the staff. Dr. Oppenheim asked me to tell him about myself, relaxing the initial meeting. I was pleased with the exam and feel comfortable with the […]
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Valley Dental Associates has a great staff….they have always been friendly and accommodating to my needs. My first time there was a dental emergency, (I did have an actual first visit appointment […]
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The assistant cleaning my teeth was very pleasant and very knowledgeable concerning my teeth problem and how it is affected by my diabetes.
Charles C.
I was taken on time and I was out 1 hr later (which was the length of time I was told it would take)
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I was very happy with my services!
Willie R.
Jennifer, my hygienist is wonderful! She was so gentle I barely knew she was there lol Great experience!!!
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Matthew is the best dental hygienist ever!
Kimberly K.
Matthew is a huge asset to the firm. He is thorough, gentle and knowledgeable.
Marcia S.
the service was excellent and my Dr have me a pain free experience.
Ashley M.
I’ve been using this office since I was a young child and now I bring my own young child there with me. They are great with me and even better with my son. He loves it there. They also participate […]
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Very good hygienest
Gary G.
Just went for a hygienist appointment. I had the best visit! No cavities and my teeth feel great. The staff is very friendly and helpful.
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Great experience with this office. The staff was really helpful in getting me in on a short notice. Dr. Challagulla is an excellent doctor, very attentive to patient’s needs and concerns. I usually […]
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  • Tuesday 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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  • Friday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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