The most important and the most beneficial thing to do in a dental emergency is to get to your dentist as quickly as possible. How quickly you get to the dentist can drastically improve your chances on saving your tooth, especially in the case of chipped, broken, or a lost tooth. Save the partial or whole tooth if you can and keep it in a small container of milk or a bit of salt water for preservation. Try not to disturb any attached tissue fragments on the tooth. If taken to your dentist within an hour, a lost tooth can be placed back into the socket. For toothaches, rinse with warm water and gently floss the tooth to remove any food particles that may be lodged in. For swelling, a cold compress may help ease the discomfort while you wait to see the dentist. You must resist the urge to apply pain medication directly to the gums or teeth as this will cause trauma to the soft tissues of your mouth. Keep calm and do your best to get to the dentist straight away. Phone your dentist in Billericay in the case of dental emergencies and don’t be shy about asking questions. Remember that your dentist is here to help you and only wants to do the very best to preserve your teeth in the event of emergencies. Call 01245 268 494 for a free consultation at Advance Dental Clinic in Chelmsford.