Dental-related accidents may be rare, but they can happen to anyone. Knowing what to do if an accident happens to you can save your smile. If an emergency occurs, it is important to be seen by a dentist as soon as possible to avoid more severe or permanent damage later on. If you have an actual emergency, call 911 or go to the emergency room right away. If it is an urgent situation, but not necessarily an emergency, contact us or visit one of our offices for help.
If any of the following dental emergencies happen to you, here is what to do:
Broken/cracked tooth/teeth—Rinse out your mouth with warm water and apply a cold compress to minimize the swelling. Visit us as soon as possible.
Tooth knocked out—Rinse the tooth off (gently, to avoid losing any attached tissues) and store it between your cheek and gums or in a glass of milk. Visit us right away.
Object stuck between teeth—Only try to remove the object with dental floss (not a sharp object, which can damage your teeth or gums). If you cannot remove it, contact us or go to the emergency room.
Severe toothache—Rinse your mouth with warm water and floss around the tooth in case a piece of food is causing the pain. Contact us if the pain does not go away.
Broken jaw—Try to reduce the swelling with a cold compress and visit us or the emergency room immediately.
We are here to help with your emergencies, and we can have you seen within 24 hours. However, if we are unavailable or your situation is extremely severe, call 911 or visit the emergency room.