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What to Do When You Have a Dental Emergency While Traveling

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What to Do When You Have a Dental Emergency While Traveling

It is important that you are prepared in the best way possible if you are planning to travel soon. Handling a dental emergency abroad can be scary, especially if you do not know what to do. We at Vita Dental Spring have seen it all. We have dentists who have gotten calls from patients abroad and we know what works. That is why we have decided to share some tips with you on what to do to handle dental emergencies when you travel.

Go for a dental checkup first

If your last checkup was weeks or months ago, make a visit to our Vita Dental Spring dentists for a final checkup. Besides helping to ensure that you do not have anything that is a threat, he or she could have some useful tips. If the dentist does find any issues, they can be replaced before you go abroad and your trip is ruined by a dental emergency.

Talk to the embassy

When a dental emergency arises, one of the best ways to get a good dentist abroad is to call the embassy. The workers at the embassy are committed to giving you the best recommendation without the hope of profiting in any manner. A receptionist at the hotel might send you to a dentist with whom they have to get some profit. Besides that, your embassy will usually contact a dentist with whom they interact while abroad. Thus, they know that he or she works.

A Lost Filling

You have been having Thanksgiving dinner when you notice a filling is missing. There is no need to panic. First, you need to assess the damage. Does your tooth hurt? Is there a jugged hole left? If it hurts, swish your mouth with lukewarm water to get rid of debris.

You then go to the nearest pharmacy and get a temporary dental filling material. You will find it in the same aisle as toothpaste. Choose one with clove oil, which helps to cool down any exposed nerves. Ensure that you follow all application instructions carefully. You should remember that it is temporary. As soon as you get back home, visit our Vita Dental Spring dentists to have the filling replaced.

A Toothache

Have you ever woken up and it felt like a train had hit you on your jaw? This feeling is terrible and can leave you confused. It becomes even worse when you are traveling and have no idea where to find a dentist.

If this happens to you, go to the pharmacy and get a pain reliever. Take any common or generic brand to help reduce your pain. If you cannot find ibuprofen, Tylenol has also been found to be quite effective.

After that, you need to brush and floss when the pain subsides. Sometimes, the pain may not be a cavity but because of food stuck under the gum line that causes irritation. It is especially so if you have been eating food with tiny particles such as poppy seeds bread. Pay special attention to the area below the gum line as you floss.

You can then take a rest and apply a cold or warm compress. It will depend on what feels best for you. Sipping on a cold drink or hot tea could also help you.

A Swollen Jaw

If you find that your jaw is swollen, a tooth might cause it. You should never ignore this serious emergency. Ask a local friend or family member if they can get you to see their dentist if you are traveling. Get yourself seen since it might turn out that you actually need to go for an emergency procedure to save your life.

If you are not able to find a dentist, you will have to visit an urgent care center. If things get bad, you might have to go and visit the ER. While your tooth may not be treated, you will get some antibiotics and a minor procedure to get the infection under control.

Broken Dentures

If your dentures break, you must never try to repair them. Besides that, you may find that they do not fit. If you can find a dentist in the area, go to them and ask for minor repairs and adjustments. If the dentures begin to irritate your gums, take them out and stick to soft food. You may keep them on for aesthetics but do not attempt to use them to chew.


No matter what kind of dental emergency you get while abroad, you must call your dentist when you get back home. This way, you will make an appointment and have the issue assessed. Besides, you must remember to go for regular dental checkups. Thus, you do not suffer unexpected dental emergencies when you travel. We at Vita Dental Spring recommend you have some travel insurance when you travel. Consequently, you do not pay for any treatment out of pocket.