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How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies – West Seneca, NY

Urgent Dental Care to Protect Your Smile

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Dental emergencies can happen when you least expect them, and they can be unsettling or even frightening. Luckily, our team here at Applegate Dental is here to help! Although we have our main dental emergency page, there are other situations you could face that require urgent care. Give our team a call, and we’ll be happy to give you advice and schedule you as soon as possible. In the meantime, here are some other emergency scenarios and how to handle them.

Something Stuck between the Teeth

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When you eat, bits of food can become lodged in between your teeth. Most of the time, food particles left in your mouth are broken down, but some can remain and get stuck. Not only can this cause oral discomfort, but the stuck material can also actually move your teeth slightly out of alignment with time. Using floss, try to gently remove the debris. You can also try utilizing a toothpick, but do not attempt to use a knife or other sharp object, as you can accidentally harm the gum tissue or scratch tooth enamel.  

Extruded Tooth


An extruded tooth is a tooth that is clearly out of its socket but still attached to the gum tissue. Just like with a knocked-out tooth, you need to come into the office right away so that we can reposition the tooth back where it belongs. Until you arrive, avoid touching any exposed root surface as much as possible.


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If you have an abscessed tooth, which is a collection of pus under the gum surface, chances are that you also have a severe toothache. Most of the time, an abscess develops near the root of an infected tooth, often requiring a root canal. For temporary relief, you can use over-the-counter pain medication and apply a cold compress to manage any swelling.

Soft-Tissue Injury

If your tongue, gums, cheek, or lips are bleeding from an injury, rinse your mouth with salt water and use a clean cloth or gauze to slow down the bleeding. A cold compress can also help reduce swelling. If the injury does not stop bleeding after 10 minutes, go to the emergency room before coming to our office. Something more serious could be going on and needs immediate attention.