Got a Dental Emergency?

dental emergencyDental emergencies can be frightening if you aren’t sure how to properly handle them. We want to be sure that our patients and their families feel comfortable taking care of any emergency that may occur outside of office hours. This is why we have decided to provide you with a few simple solutions if Dr. Wood isn’t available!

Here are some common dental emergencies and what to do if they happen to you:

Chipped or Broken Tooth:

Save and rinse any broken pieces.  Rinse your mouth with warm water.  If there’s bleeding, apply a piece of gauze to the area to stop the bleeding.  Apply a cold compress to the area to keep down swelling.  Call your dentist (us!) as soon as possible.


Rinse with warm water.  Floss to remove any food that may be lodged between teeth.  Use a cold compress for swelling and to relieve pain.  NEVER put aspirin directly on the sore tooth, as it may burn the gum tissue. Call your dentist (us!) as soon as possible.

Knocked-out Tooth:

Retrieve the tooth, holding it by the crown, not the root.  Do not scrub or remove any tissue remaining on the tooth.  If possible, re-insert the tooth.  If not, put the tooth in a cup of cold milk.  Call your dentist (us!) as soon as possible.  We may be able to save the tooth if we see you soon enough!

Lost Crown:

Save the crown.  If possible, put the crown back on the tooth (don’t use super glue!).  Call your dentist (us!) as soon as possible.

Broken wires, brackets, or bands:

Use orthodontic wax for any areas that are poking your lips, cheeks, or gums.  Don’t attempt to cut any wires yourself.  Call your dentist (us!) as soon as possible.

These are just a few of the most common dental emergencies that can occur outside the office.  If they happen to you, don’t panic.  Call our office; our voicemail has emergency instructions, including information on how to reach Dr. Wood.