Dental Emergencies: How To Be Prepared [BLOG]

Have A Plan In Place

Accidents happen, so the more prepared you are to handle them, the better off you’ll be. In the case of dental emergencies, in particular, you need a specific kind of care. While going to a standard emergency room is better than no care at all, it’s really best to have a dentist you can trust who will be there when you need them most.

Dr. Gilbert and our highly skilled team at Bright Star Dental in Las Cruces, NM is the team you can count on when life throws you an unexpected dental emergency. If you or someone in your family experiences a mouth-related injury, give us a call, and we will not only give you our best professional first-aid advice for your situation, but we will do all we can to fit you in as soon as possible.

Since we’ve been serving the Las Cruces community for nearly thirty years, we’ve seen it all. But our decades of experience isn’t the only thing that makes us a trusted source for families. Our office comes equipped with the latest in advanced dental technology that allows us to treat all sorts of dental emergencies, often in just one visit!

The first step in handling a dental emergency happens long before the accident does. Having a plan in place in the event of some kind of accident or oral injury is a wise investment for your family. Today’s blog gives you some tips for handling dental emergencies in your family so you can be ready at a moment’s notice to protect the teeth and smile of everyone in your household.

Store Our Phone Number!

Obviously, the first thing you’ll need to do in any emergency is to remain calm. No matter the extent or seriousness of the injury, any time you find yourself in a crisis, it’s easy to become panicked, and this could affect your ability to think straight.

You can help yourself stay calm by storing our number in your phone today. If it helps, you may want to create a different nickname for us in your contact list if you think there’s a chance that ‘Bright Star Dental’ may not immediately come to mind in the event of an accident.

You could store us under the name ‘ER dentist’ or ‘Tooth Emergency,’ for example. Choose whatever contact name you think will be easiest for you to remember in that sort of situation. This will save you the time and hassle of having to google emergency dental care providers in your area. That’s the last thing you should have to worry about!

Save our contact number 575-680-1084 in your phone today, and increase the likelihood of protecting your family when the time comes.

Prepare A Dental Emergency Kit!

As a parent, you might already have a first-aid kit for your home and family that includes all kinds of emergency supplies. We recommend doing the same for a dental emergency. When it comes to injuries to the mouth, teeth, and gums, seconds matter. Have your own kit at home, as well as in your car, may mean the difference between saving a tooth or not.

Everyone’s dental emergency kit will look a little different, but here are some of the common items we recommend you include in your own family’s arsenal:

-Disposable gloves

-Ice pack


-Dental floss

-Sterile gauze pads or cotton swabs



-Tongue depressor / dental mirror

-OTC pain reliever

Some instances that should be considered an emergency are things like a knocked out, broken, chipped, or dislodged tooth, for example. Other types are things like failed dental work (lost fillings or crowns, for instance), or a toothache.

All of these should be considered dental emergencies, especially when it involves pain or bleeding. You should give our office a call in the event of a dental emergency regardless! As we mentioned before, someone from our experienced team can help provide immediate advice over the phone that can help you until you can receive treatment.

Call us today at 575-680-1084 or fill our online form to request an appointment.


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