Dental Emergencies


Rinse your mouth vigorously with warm water to clean out debris. Use dental floss to remove trapped food. If swelling is present, apply cold compress to the outside of the cheek. Do not take aspirin or ibuprofen because they are anticoagulants which can cause excessive bleeding. To alleviate pain, take acetaminophen as directed on the packaging label. Do not place aspirin on the aching tooth or gum tissue as it can cause tissue damage. Call us at 651-786-7630 to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.

Something Caught Between Your Teeth

Gently insert a piece of dental floss. Be careful not to cut the gum tissue. Never use a sharp object to try to remove something that is stuck between your teeth.

Chipped or Brooken Tooth

Clean the injured area with sterile gauze and warm water. Apply a cold compress on the cheek next to the injured tooth to reduce swelling. Call us to schedule an emergency appointment as soon as possible.

Knocked Out Tooth

If the tooth is dirty, rinse it gently. Do not scrub. Gently replace the tooth and hold it in place. If the tooth does not remain in the socket, put the tooth in a container of milk or cool water. Call our office immediately. We may be able to reattach the tooth.

Lost Filling or Crown

If you found the filling or crown, put it in a safe place and bring it with you to your appointment. If your tooth is sensitive, you can place dental cement (available over-the-counter at your pharmacy) directly on the tooth surface to protect the area and make you more comfortable. Call us to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.

Lip or Tongue Cut or Bitten

Apply direct pressure to the bleeding area with a sterile cloth. If swelling is present, apply a cold compress. If bleeding does not stop, go immediately to the nearest emergency room.

Possible Jaw Fracture

Immobilize the jaw. Place a towel, tie or scarf under the chin and tie the ends on top of the head. If swelling is present, apply a cold compress. Go immediately to the nearest emergency room or call us for a referral to an oral surgeon.

What to do during an emergency

  • Stay calm. The first minutes after an injury are the most important.
  • If the emergency is life-threatening call 911.

Prevent emergencies

  • Get regular dental exams.
  • Keep medicine away from children.
  • Do not take medication that has not been prescribed to you.

Be Prepared for an emergency

  • Enter emergency numbers into your cell phone.
  • Keep a well stocked first-aid kit at home.
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