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Knowing what to do in a dental emergency is important. Below are some common dental emergencies and what to do in those situations. If you are having a true dental emergency, we recommend you follow the ADA Guidelines below and call our office so we can evaluate and provide you with the appropriate care.

Bitten Lip or Tongue

Clean the area gently with a cloth and apply cold compresses to reduce any swelling. If bleeding doesn’t stop, go to a hospital emergency room immediately.

Broken Tooth

Rinse your mouth with warm water to clean the area. Use cold compresses on the area to keep any swelling down. Call your dentist immediately.

Jaw-Possibly Broken

Apply cold compress to control swelling. Go to your dentist or a hospital emergency department immediately.

Knocked Out Tooth

Hold the tooth by the crown and rinse off the root of the tooth in water if it is dirty. Do no scrub it or remove any attached tissue fragments. If possible, gently insert and hold the tooth in its socket. If that isn’t possible, put the tooth in a cup of milk and get to the dentist as quickly as possible. Remember to take the tooth with you!

Object Between Teeth

Try to gently remove the object with dental floss; avoid cutting the gums. Never use a sharp instrument to remove any object that is stuck between your teeth. If you can’t dislodge the object using dental floss, contact your dentist.


Rinse your mouth with warm water to clean it out. Gently use dental floss or an interdental cleaner to ensure that there is no food or other debris caught between the teeth. Never put aspirin or any other painkiller against the gums near the aching tooth because it may burn the gum tissue. If the pain persists, contact your dentist.




"Thanks to Dr. Jolly for coming to my rescue! It was a Thursday evening that I had a tooth issue that needed fixing as soon as possible. Dr. Jolly was so kind to take time out of his day off on Friday to meet me at his office to correct the problem! I appreciated that so much! Thanks again, Dr. Jolly!"
Joyce W.

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