What to Do in a Dental Emergency

Drawing of a dark-haired man clutching his forehead in panic due to a dental emergency
A dental emergency can happen at nearly any time. If you experience a dental emergency, don’t panic! Here are some common dental emergencies and what to do if they arise:

Knocked-Out Tooth

If you lose a permanent tooth, only handle the tooth by its crown side (not the root side), keep it moist in a container of milk, and call us immediately. We may be able to restore your tooth in its original place within 30-60 minutes of the incident. If you feel comfortable doing so, delicately try to reinsert the tooth yourself. If this creates pain or you aren’t sure the proper direction and positioning, stop and wait until you can receive prompt emergency care at our office.


Toothaches can indicate a number of things, including a lodged food particle, an advanced cavity, gum disease, or the effects from bruxism (grinding your teeth). Your enamel may be worn down or you may have cracked a tooth without noticing. No matter what the issue, we want to see you sooner rather than later. Call our office so we can schedule an appointment to see you as soon as possible. We’ll also advise you on pain management until you’re seen.


A toothache may also signal you have an infection. If you have a tooth abscess, it may cause tooth pain and sensitivity to heat, cold, and pressure. An abscess of the gums may resemble a pimple on your gum tissue. If you have an abscess, you’ll need to be seen ASAP to prevent further damage and systemic complications.

Chipped or Cracked Tooth

Chipped teeth may be merely a cosmetic fix with veneers or a dental crown that is not pressing. However, a cracked tooth may be more serious and require treatment sooner than a chipped tooth. Cracks can allow bacteria to access your sterile inner tooth, thus increasing your risk for infection. You’ll need to have a crown or filling to protect your tooth. If there is no toothache present, we’ll have a little more time before needing to see you, but be sure to call us to schedule an appointment as soon as you can. Give us as much detail over the phone about how the trauma occurred so we can better prepare for your visit.

Facial Swelling

Facial swelling around your mouth could be a sign of something very serious, like an infection. It’s important not to wait to call, especially if you have a fever or other symptoms. We will make time to see you right away. Try to stay seated upright and don’t lie down.

Call Us ASAP at (731) 681-1450!

Don’t put off pressing or abnormal pain, as it can be a sign of a deeper issue. We are ready to help and answer your questions. If you’re not sure if you have a dental emergency, CALL US!

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