Dental Emergency on Vacation? Here’s What to Do Next

Man in dental pain with hand on side of face

Are you looking forward to a vacation on the horizon? You’re probably getting a packing list together, making travel arrangements, and all the preparations that go into the perfect getaway. But have you thought about your dental health? A dental emergency can strike when you least expect it, so what do you do if you’re away from your dentist? Keep reading to find out how to handle the most common emergencies as well as some tips to minimize your risk of disaster while exploring.

Common Emergencies that Can Occur Away from Home

Whether you’re down the street, or abroad in a foreign destination, here are some of the most common dental emergencies and how to handle them:


Did one of your teeth start hurting out of nowhere? If so, try flossing around the area and rinsing with water. If pain persists, you may have an infection that requires root canal therapy. Until you can see a dentist, take over-the-counter pain medication. Notably, if you’re flying, you may experience some aching while on the airplane. This is due to air pressure imbalances, which can cause sensitivity and discomfort. However, this will usually go away when you land – and it will only affect preexisting issues.

Cracked or Broken Teeth

Did you bite down on a strange food that cracked your teeth? Maybe you fell while hiking or walking? If this emergency occurs, rinse your mouth with water and apply a cold compress on the outside of your cheek. Then, find a dentist in the area and visit them right away to repair your tooth so the problem doesn’t get worse. Keep in mind that minor chips are not as serious, which is why they can usually be dealt with once you get back home.

Knocked-Out Tooth

A knocked-out tooth can be surprising, but there is no need to panic. Pick your tooth up by the crown so you don’t damage the roots and carefully rinse it off. If possible, place it back in the socket and find a dentist immediately. The sooner you can see a professional, the more likely your tooth can be saved.

How to Travel Prepared

While dental emergencies are never completely avoidable, there are some steps you can take to mitigate your risk, including:

  • Visiting your dentist for a checkup and cleaning before leaving for vacation to ensure your smile is in tip top shape.
  • Getting a temporary dental plan for when you travel overseas or somewhere that won’t have coverage from your regular provider.
  • Bringing your toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, over the counter pain medication, ice packs, and mouthwash.

Don’t let a potential dental emergency get in the way of your vacation. Remember these tips so you can live it up without putting your smile at risk!

Meet the Dentist

Dr. Kimberly Capua has been caring for Carrollton patients since 1991. She offers a variety of amazing treatments like root canal therapy, dental crowns, sedation dentistry, and other services associated with dental emergencies to keep you healthy and smiling. For any questions, she can be reached through her website or by phone at (972) 418 1811.

A resident of Texas since 1970, Dr. Capua has lived and practiced in the North Dallas / Carrollton area since 1991. She earned her dental degree from Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas, graduating in 1989. Prior to becoming a dentist, Dr. Capua practiced as a dental hygienist for five years. Dr. Kimberley Capua has been a dentist in Carrollton since 1989. She is married with one son and enjoys traveling, museums, music, skiing, and boating. Her affiliations include the American Dental Assiciation, the Texas Dental Association, and Dallas County Dental Society. Dr. Capua performs sedation dentistry and is nitrous oxide certified.