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Dental Emergencies


At Magnolia Dental, we understand that emergency dental situations do arise.  We are here for you in case of Dental Emergencies.  If you are in the Orlando FL area and have a dental emergency like a toothache, cracked tooth, or you knocked out your tooth, contact our dental office.  Our dentist, Dr. Nguyen Nguyen can also help with broken dentures, broken or loose crowns, objects being stuck in your teeth or if you have a dental injury.  There is no need for you to suffer in pain, we will help you.  We are fast and will get you in.


In the event of a dental emergency, we will make every effort to attend to you within the same day, mostly likely WITHIN 2 HOURS (during working hours), but please expect some wait in the reception at our Orlando dental office.


Common Emergencies

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What do I do if I have a toothache?

A toothache is a common dental emergency.  First, rinse you mouth out with warm water to clean it out.  Next, gently use dental floss or an interdental cleaner to ensure that there is no food or other debris caught between the teeth.  If the pain persists, contact us at Magnolia Dental.  We will get you out of pain.

You may take Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin (ibuprofen) for pain.  Never put aspirin or any other painkiller against the gums near the aching tooth because it may burn the gum tissue.

What do I do for a cracked tooth?

A cracked tooth may be caused by biting down on hard objects like ice, popcorn kernels, or hard candies.  Signs of a cracked tooth may be sensitivity to hot or cold.  Immediately rinse the mouth with warm water to clean the area. Put cold compresses on the face to keep any swelling down.  Call us at Magnolia Dental to help with you cracked tooth.

What do I do if I knocked out a tooth?

It is common for you or your child to knock out a tooth.  For a knocked-out permanent or adult tooth, keep it moist at all times. If you can, try placing the tooth back in the socket without touching the root. If that’s not possible, place it in between your cheek and gums or milk. Then, get to our office immediately.  Call Priscilla, and she will fit you in. 

What do I do if I bit my lip or tongue? What if I have a dental injury?

Clean the area gently with a cloth and apply cold compresses to reduce any swelling. If the bleeding doesn’t stop, call us or go to a hospital emergency room immediately.

What do I do if I have an object caught between my teeth?

First, try to gently remove the object with dental floss.  Avoid cutting the gums. Never use a sharp instrument to remove any object that is stuck between your teeth. If you can’t dislodge the object using dental floss, contact us at Magnolia Dental.  Our dentist, Dr. Nguyen, is available at his Orlando office to tend to issues such as this one.

What do I do if a tooth came out from my denture? What do I do if my denture is broken?

Many patients are using full or partial dentures and have one or more teeth protected by crowns (caps).  Dentures are removable oral prosthetic devices that replace missing teeth.  A crown is a porcelain and gold tooth replica that is fastened over a damaged tooth to protect it and restore its natural appearance. Both dentures and crowns can cause dental emergencies.

The most likely dental emergency for denture wearers is a chipped denture tooth or one that has broken off.  If you have a spare denture (all denture wearers should have one), use it until you can go to the dentist and have it fixed.

If your whole denture breaks in half, use your spare and visit your dentist immediately. Some people may attempt to use cyanoacrylate to repair it, but it is very unpredictable, and generally not strong enough to hold the denture together.  Our dentist, Dr. Nguyen, can help fix your denture and get you back to eating normally again.

What do I do if my crown (cap) came out or is loose?

Crowns are required to rebuild teeth that have been worn down, broken, have had root canal therapy, or have had multiple dental repairs over many years.  Crowns are precision made and cemented on top of the tooth.  If a crown is loose, see a dentist immediately. It may indicate that cavities are present under it.  If not attended right away, tooth might start hurting. You may even lose the tooth.

Occasionally, the crown comes off.  This leaves the tooth unprotected, and often sensitive.  You can temporarily remedy this problem by using temporary dental cement found at the drug store, and carefully re-cementing the crown. This may not be necessary if you can get to the dentist within a day or two.  Never wait more than a few days to get a crown re-cemented by us. Teeth move and shift very quickly without the crown in place. Sometimes it is not possible to reuse the crown if the teeth have shifted significantly, requiring the dentist to have to make a new crown. 

How can I prevent a Dental Emergency?!

  • Always wear a mouthguard when participating in sports.
  • Do not chew ice, popcorn kernels and hard candy.  All of these can crack a tooth.
  • Use scissors, NEVER your teeth, to cut things.