A dental emergency can happen at any time to anyone for a variety of different reasons. It’s important to stay calm and get to a dentist as soon as possible. Here are some tips to handle some of the most common dental emergencies.

Missing Tooth

Knocking a tooth out is never fun. Luckily your dentist will probably be able to reattach it for you if you are able to get to their office right away. Find the missing tooth, rinse it off gently in water and if you can, place it back in your mouth in the empty socket to preserve it. If that is not possible, soak it in milk until you arrive at the dentist’s office.

Cracked Tooth

A cracked or damaged tooth can be painful and inconvenient. If you find yourself with this dental emergency, take some over the counter pain medication to manage the discomfort and use ice to control any swelling of the jaw or face. Get to your dentist right away to avoid long-term damage.


An oral infection can be potentially dangerous if not treated right away, so it is important to get to a dentist right away if you suspect you have an infected tooth.

Lost Crown

One of the most common dental emergencies is a lost crown. Sometimes it’s possible to detect a loose crown so you can reach your dentist before it comes off completely. Try using a dab of Vaseline or dental wax to temporarily hold it to your tooth and get to your dentist as soon as possible.

Jaw Pain

Pain along or inside the jaw could be an indication of a serious injury, so it is important to see your dentist right away. Use ice for any swelling and over the counter pain medication for discomfort.

Dr. Zola Makrauer and Dr. Julie Miller of Huntingdon Valley Dental Arts are equipped to handle all these common dental emergencies. Call us today for an appointment.