It is very important to be prepared in case you have an emergency. Even though we wish that they wouldn’t, emergencies do happen. Being educated and knowing what to do in an emergency can be the difference between losing and saving a tooth. You also need to know your dentist’s phone number.

If you have a life-threatening emergency, Please Call 911. If your emergency is Dental-related here is what you do:


Bitten Lip or Tongue

If you have bitten your lip or tongue severely enough to cause bleeding, clean the bite gently with water and use a cold compress (cold, wet towel or washcloth pressed firmly against the area) to reduce or avoid swelling.

Broken or Chipped Tooth

If you have chipped or broken a piece off of your tooth,  rinse your mouth with warm water, then use a cold compress to reduce swelling. Try to locate and save the severed tooth fragment. Call us immediately.


If you have a toothache, rinse your mouth with warm water and inspect your teeth to be sure there is nothing caught between them. If pain continues, use a cold compress to ease the pain. Do not apply heat or any kind of aspirin or topical pain reliever directly to the affected area, as this can cause damage to the gums. Pain relievers may be taken orally. Schedule an appointment immediately.

Knocked Out Tooth

If a permanent tooth has been knocked out of your mouth, find the tooth and rinse it with plain water, taking care to only touch the crown of the tooth (the part you can see when it’s in place). If you are sure it’s a permanent tooth, try to place the tooth back into its socket and hold it in place with a clean towel or cloth. If you can’t return the tooth to its socket, place it in a clean container of milk. In either case, call us immediately and/or go to the emergency room. If you act quickly, it is possible to save a permanent tooth.