Please call our office for additional emergency instructions or for an appointment.

Emergency Care Instructions

Our rule-of-thumb for dental emergencies: If you think it is an emergency, we do, too. If you are a patient of record, please call the office for our emergency number and instructions. In the meantime, here are a few tips until you can get to our office.

  • Toothache: A toothache is considered a dental emergency when you are unable to control the discomfort with an over the counter medication such as Ibuprofen or Tylenol. Any time you are experiencing dental pain, please schedule an appointment so we can  assess your situation and make further treatment recommendations. Ice packs or a numbing agent may provide comfort until your appointment. Remember, toothaches may "go away," but the source of the pain will not.

  • Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek: Ice can be applied to bruised areas. For bleeding, apply firm pressure with clean cloth. If the bleeding does not stop with pressure or continues after 15 minutes, go to an emergency room.

  • Broken Braces or Wires: Remove the broken appliance if it comes out easily. If it is painful to remove or lodged, cover the exposed area w/ wax, gauze, or chewing gum. DO NOT REMOVE any wires caught in the gums, cheek, or tongue. See an orthodontist immediately. Loose or broken appliances that are not causing discomfort usually do not require emergency attention.

  • Knocked out permanent teeth: Don't panic. If we can treat you within about an hour, chances are better that we can reinsert the tooth. Recover the tooth and DO NOT touch the tooth root, as this could damage delicate fibers instead hold it by the crown (top) not the root end. Gently rinse the tooth if needed, but do not scrub any part of the tooth. If possible reinsert the tooth in the socket and hold in place using a clean cloth or piece of gauze. If the tooth cannot be reinserted, place in a cup of milk or saline solution. Because time is essential, see a dentist immediately.

  • Bleeding after a baby tooth falls out: Fold slightly moistened guuze, and place over the bleeding area. Bite down on gauze for 15 minutes. If bleeding continues, see a dentist.

  • Lost Crowns or Bridges: Displaced crowns and bridges can sometimes be reused, so keep it safe. If the tooth is sensitive, you can try to affix the crown back on with denture adhesive. If it will not stay, you can use dental wax on the tooth to keep it away from air. Call our office for an appointment so we may assess your situation and make further treatment recommendations.

  • Damaged Dentures or Partials: Do not risk at home repairs. Glue can destroy the composition of materials. Keep all the pieces, even the smallest ones, and call our office for an appointment. We can usually return an emergency repair within 24 business hours.

  • Cold or Canker Sores: Over-the-counter medications usually provide temporary relief. If sores persist for more than a week visit your dentist.