To get emergency dental care, visit an emergency room or dentist's office, as Mouth Healthy instructs. Most dentists devote a portion of their time each day to providing care for emergency situations.
Treating a dental emergency properly until receiving full care is important, and it can make the difference between losing a tooth or keeping it, according to Mouth Healthy. An adult, or permanent, tooth that is knocked out needs to remain moist. If possible, place the tooth back in the socket, and do not touch the roots of the tooth. For a cracked tooth, rinse the mouth with warm water, and use cold compresses to reduce facial swelling.
Additional dental emergencies include biting the tongue or lip, toothaches, and having an object stuck in the mouth, as Mouth Healthy explains. For a bite on the tongue or lip, clean the area with water, and use a cold compress. For a toothache, never put aspirin on the tooth or gum area. Instead, gently wash the area with water, and use floss to remove any food particles. For objects stuck in the mouth such as food, use floss to dislodge the item, but do not attempt to remove the object with a sharp instrument. To avoid dental emergencies whenever possible, do not use the teeth to cut objects, wear a mouthguard when playing sports and don't chew on hard things such as popcorn kernels, hard candy and ice.