Emergency Dentistry (What To Do At Home)


Clean your mouth by rinsing thoroughly with warm water. Gently floss around the tooth to remove any food particles that may be caught there. If your tooth continues to hurt, you should call our office as soon as possible. A toothache can result from several dental problems. Regular dental checkups and dental cleanings can help prevent toothaches.


Broken tooth

If your tooth breaks, contact our office immediately. You should also clean your mouth out by rinsing thoroughly with warm water. Also apply a cold compress to the area to minimize any swelling.


Knocked-out tooth

If your tooth has been knocked out, rinse the tooth very gently to make sure it is clean. Do not scrub the tooth or remove any tissue that is attached to it. Be sure to place a towel or wash cloth in the sink so that it does not go down the drain. If you can, gently place the tooth back into the socket. If this is not possible, place the tooth in a small glass of milk. You will need to take the tooth with you and go to our office immediately.


Something caught between your teeth

Gently insert a piece of dental floss or a toothpick. Be very careful not to cut the gum tissue. If you are unable to remove the object, contact your dentist. Never use a sharp object while attempting to remove something that is stuck between your teeth.