If you experience a dental emergency, be sure to call our practice as soon as possible. If you need immediate attention after hours, call our emergency phone number and our on-call staff member will help you. If you are unable to reach our office during an emergency, dial 911.
We are here to help you at any time, on any day. When your dental health is at risk, we will do everything we can to make sure you’re treated as soon as possible. While dental emergencies are rare, they can happen, and it’s essential to know how to take care of your teeth no matter what. Common dental emergencies include:
Begin by cleaning around the sore tooth meticulously. Using warm salt water, rinse the mouth to displace any food trapped between the teeth. Under no circumstances should you use aspirin topically on the aching tooth or on the gum.
In the event of facial swelling, apply a cold compress to the area. For temporary pain relief, acetaminophen is recommended. Please contact us for an appointment if the pain persists more than a day.
Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip, or Cheek
Ice can be applied to any bruised areas. For bleeding, apply firm (but gentle) pressure with sterile gauze or a clean cloth. If the bleeding does not stop with pressure or continues after 15 minutes, go to an emergency room.
Rinse the area with warm water. Put a cold compress over the facial area of the injury if swelling occurs. Recover any broken tooth fragments. Call our office for an appointment.
Knocked-Out Permanent Tooth
Recover the tooth, but make sure to hold it by the crown (top) and not the root. Rinse, but do not clean or handle the tooth more than necessary. Reinsert the tooth in the socket, and hold it in place using a clean piece of gauze or cloth.
If the tooth cannot be reinserted, carry it in a cup containing milk or water. Because time is essential, see us immediately.
Possible Broken Jaw
In the event of jaw injury, tie the mouth closed with a towel, tie, or handkerchief. Go immediately to an emergency room.