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What to Do in a Dental Emergency

  • April 15, 2023

Uh-oh! You’ve had a dental emergency. Whether it’s a cracked tooth, a lost crown, broken braces, or another injury to your mouth, we’ve got you covered at Total Dental Care in Columbia, SC. Dental emergencies can be scary or painful. That’s why you should contact us right away. Call 803-272-4162 today to schedule your appointment at Total Dental Care of South Carolina. 

Don’t Panic!

An emergency of any kind can be frightening. Having a dental emergency is no exception! 

The first step is to stay calm. Take a few deep breaths, assess the situation, and identify what the problem is. If you’re seriously injured or can’t stop the bleeding, the first line of defense is to call 911 or go to the emergency room. 

Once you’re calm and know what happened, or after seeing emergency medical care, call our Columbia, SC office at 803-272-4162. We always try to accommodate a same-day appointment for dental emergencies. Time is of the essence, and your care is important to us. 

What Qualifies as a Dental Emergency?

Dental emergencies can happen in the moment or as a result of an ongoing issue. A sudden injury or a prolonged problem, like an infected or impacted tooth, can both qualify as a dental emergency. Either way, we’re here to help. 

There are a variety of dental emergencies that we can address. Come see Total Dental Care for care related to:

  • A toothache
  • A single broken tooth or multiple broken teeth
  • Knocked-out teeth
  • A lost filling
  • A lost crown
  • A cut tongue, lip, or cheek 
  • Broken braces
  • Problems with your dental implants
  • A broken jaw
  • Head and neck pain
  • Problems after dental procedures

Together, we’ll find the root of the problem. We can then suggest the ideal fix to fix your issue and put a stop to your pain. 

What Can I Do for Dental Emergencies?

We always recommend contacting and visiting your dentist’s office when you experience a dental emergency. It’s the safest way to fix the problem and ensure there isn’t anything else contributing to pain or another issue in the future. But there are ways you can prevent or prepare for dental emergencies at home.

  • Dental Emergency Kit – Create a small kit, including non-aspirin pain relievers, plastic gloves, dental cement, and a small sealable container.
  • Keep our Phone Number Close By – Keep us in the contacts of your phone or write our number down to keep in your dental emergency kit.
  • Wear a Mouthguard – If you play sports or grind your teeth, preventive care such as a mouthguard will help keep emergencies at bay.
  • Take Care of Your Teeth – Make sure you follow a regular oral hygiene routine, including visiting us twice a year! 

Dental emergencies can be frightening, but Total Dental Care is here to help. Call 803-272-4162 for an appointment today.


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