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Emergency Instructions

If you find yourself in the middle of a dental emergency, here are some tips to help get you through until you can reach one of our emergency dental centers:

  • Emergency
  • What You Should Do
  • Toothache
  • When a toothache comes on, there are things you can do to lessen the discomfort. Rinse your mouth with warm water, and make sure that no food has become lodged between the teeth. If there is swelling, use a cold compress against the outside of your mouth or cheek. But avoid using aspirin directly on the gums – this causes damage. Contact us immediately once you’ve taken these steps!
  • Chipped/Broken Tooth
  • If you chip or break your tooth, don’t panic. First, rinse your mouth with warm water and save the broken pieces if possible. Rinse those with warm water as well. Is there bleeding? Hold some gauze to the area and apply light pressure until the bleeding stops, then use a cold compress if there is any pain or swelling. Contact us immediately for help.
  • Knocked-Out Tooth
  • If you’ve knocked out a tooth, don’t hesitate to contact one of our emergency dental centers immediately! This situation is very time sensitive. We want to restore your tooth if possible, and this happens most often if you see a dentist within 30 minutes. Make sure to hold the tooth by the crown, rinse away dirt, but do not scrub away any attached tissue. If you can, place the tooth in the socket and hold in place with gauze. If that’s not possible, place the tooth in a glass of milk or salt water. Contact us immediately!
  • Crown Dislodged
  • Rinse any dirt from the crown using warm salt water, and if you can, use dental cement or denture adhesive to place the crown back over the tooth. Do not use super glue! Contact us immediately for an appointment to replace your crown.
  • Abscess
  • An abscess is a serious infection in your mouth that can usually be identified as a pimple-like swelling on your gum. It is usually painful. This infection can spread to your entire body, so do not leave it untreated.
  • Cut Lip or Tongue
  • Rinse mouth thoroughly with warm salt water. Use gauze to apply pressure to the bleeding area for 15-20 minutes. Hold a cold compress to outside of mouth to relieve pain and control swelling. If bleeding does not stop, call immediately or go to a hospital emergency room.
  • Broken Jaw
  • If you suspect a broken jaw, do not move it. Secure the jaw to the top of the head with a towel, necktie, or scarf. Apply a cold compress to reduce pain and swelling. Call immediately or go to a hospital emergency room

Situations that require assistance within 24 hours:

  • Emergency
  • What You Should Do
  • Object Stuck Between Teeth
  • If possible, gently use dental floss to carefully remove the object. Never use a sharp object such as a pin to remove the object as it can cause damage to teeth and gums.
  • Lost Filling
  • Rinse mouth with warm water. If desired, stick a piece of sugar-free gum into the cavity until your appointment.
  • Broken Braces Wire
  • If broken wire is poking your cheek, tooth, or gum, cover the end of the wire with orthodontic wax or a small cotton ball until it can be repaired and put back into place.
  • Bleeding Gums
  • Bleeding gums is a sign of an infection along your gum line. This infection can cause tooth and bone loss as well as affect the general health of your body. If you notice bleeding when brushing your teeth, call immediately.