Accidents happen, and it is important to be properly prepared to prevent the loss of a tooth. Visit or contact your dentist as soon as possible if a dental emergency occurs. If we or your dentist is not available, try finding a dental office available as most offices provide emergency services, or visit your local emergency room.
For Medical Emergencies, please call 911.
For Dental related emergencies, please call us at (804) 918-5850 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, contact and EMERGENCY in the subject line and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
For mild toothache or pain, rinse your mouth with warm water to clean out any food debris, which may cause pain and irritation. If possible, gently use dental floss to remove any food caught between your teeth. You may take aspirin or other pain medication in the appropriate doses, but do not bite or chew the aspirin, as it may burn the gums. For severe pain or pain that persists, visit or contact your dentist as soon as possible.
What do you do if you or your child knocked out a tooth?
First, don't panic and remain calm. Children look to their elders and parents for guidance, and keeping calm will help your child keep calm too. Contact your dentist or pediatric dentist as soon as possible. Next, determine if the tooth is a baby tooth or a permanent tooth.
BABY TOOTH: If a baby tooth fell out, do NOT try to place it back in. This may damage the developing permanent tooth. Contact your pediatric dentist, through in most cases no treatment is necessary. Just think of it as your child simply losing their tooth early!
PERMANENT TOOTH: If a permanent tooth fell out, try to find the tooth. Be sure to handle it only by the crown and do not touch the root. You may gently rinse the tooth in water to remove any dust or dirt, but DO NOT scrub and DO NOT use soap. Inspect the tooth for fractures or damage. If it is intact, try to reinsert it into the socket and have the patient hold the tooth in place by biting on gauze or clean cloth.
If it is painful or does not go in with pressure, do NOT force the tooth in. Contact your dentist immediately and let them know your situation. If the tooth cannot be reinserted, or is not intact, transport the tooth in a cup containing the patient's saliva or milk. If the patient is old enough, the tooth may also be carried in their mouth, beside their cheek. It is important to keep the tooth moist at all times. See a dentist IMMEDIATELY, as time is a critical factor in saving the tooth.
If a tooth is chipped or cracked, rinse your mouth with water to clean the area and apply ice to the cheek or face to keep swelling down. If you can find the broken tooth fragment, place it in cold milk or water to bring to the dentist. See a dentist as soon as possible to save the tooth, prevent infection, and reduce the need for extensive dental treatment. Chipped or cracked teeth have sharp edges that may cut into the tongue or cheek if not careful and have a higher risk of decay, because the enamel is compromised. Depending on the damage, the dentist can perform restoration with fillings or crowns.
Swollen or bleeding gums can be caused by many factors, such as gum disease, sores, tobacco use, hormones, auto-immune diseases, and even brushing technique. Dentists immediately notice when gums are not healthy and can help diagnose the cause and provide treatment and advice.
For occasional or mildly irritated gums, make sure to:
If condition worsens or gums are severely irritated where flossing, brushing, or eating is too painful, visit a dentist as soon as possible.
If bleeding occurs from a lost baby tooth or extraction, which is normal, have them gently rinse their mouth with water and bite down on gauze or some clean cloth and be sure to follow these instructions. If bleeding persists for longer than 1 to 2 hours, then contact a dentist.
If you or your child suffered a severe blow to the head or suspect a possible jaw fracture, seek medical attention immediately from your doctor or emergency room.
Gently apply an ice pack to ease swelling on the affected area. Be on the lookout for signs of concussion such as:
In young children, who may have difficulty describing how they feel:
If there is bleeding or an open wound, apply pressure on the area with gauze or a clean cloth. To help control swelling, apply ice to the cheek or face. If there is a significantly large wound, and bleeding does not stop or swelling does not subside, call or visit a doctor or emergency room. Small injuries, such as accidentally biting the tongue or cheek, should heal on their own for healthy individuals.
To avoid accidents turning into dental emergencies: