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My child’s tooth got knocked out? What should I do?

First pick the tooth by the crown gently. Avoid touching the root of the tooth. Clean the tooth by gently wiping off any dirt from the tooth surface. Put it in a safe & clean container filled with milk or saline solution. You can also use water or even your child’s saliva to store the tooth. The idea is to keep the tooth moist and in a similar environment like the mouth. Call us as soon as possible for an appointment because this is a true emergency and time is of the essence.

My filling just came off. Do I need to see the dentist right away?

It is always a good idea because leaving the bare tooth surface exposed to the oral environment for long time can cause further decay or pain. Sometimes fillings just come off, but a lot of times it means there is decay around that filling that caused the filling to come loose in the first place. In most cases Dr. Antonious will simply place a new filling. In some other cases when the remaining tooth structure is not sufficient enough to support a filling, he might need to restore a tooth with a crown. Occasionally Dr. Antonious might need to perform a root canal procedure if the decay has penetrated to the pulp of the tooth.

My denture broke in half. Should I super glue it?

It is not advisable to super glue the broken parts together, as it isn’t uncommon for the patient not to align the broken parts of the denture correctly which makes it difficult if not impossible for Dr. Antonious to perform the required repair rendering the denture useless and a new denture will have to be made.

My front crown just came off. How can I temporarily put it back myself?

It is advisable to see Dr. Antonious so he can put it back for you because most likely the inside of the crown and the surface of the tooth will have a remnant of the cement that was used initially to glue the crown. But if you are not able to see a dentist immediately, you can get over-the-counter cement/ adhesive, which you can use as per the manufacturer instructions. Use a small amount of glue, otherwise it will go into your gum and will be hard for you to clean without a dentist. Too much glue might also raise the crown up causing you pain on biting.

My tooth just broke in half. Can you still save it?

On the first look, it might appear to you that your tooth is not savable, but there is a significant possibility of saving a broken tooth with the help of advanced dental technology. The exception will be if your tooth is broken down deep into the root structure. In that case, it will be advisable to have the tooth taken out. We recommend seeing Dr. Antonious as soon as possible as the tooth fracture can extend further down to the root rendering the tooth to become unsavable.

It’s midnight, I have a severe toothache. How can I get rid of pain?

Over-the-counter painkillers might be your best bet right now considering that you are not allergic to that medication, it doesn’t contradict with any of your other health issues e.g. Stomach ulcers and there is no adverse drug interaction between the painkiller and any other medications you are taken. Please note that generally speaking, you should take pain medication on a full stomach. If your pain originates from the gum; brushing, flossing and the use of antiseptic oral rinses can help. Come see Dr. Antonious first thing in the morning as a painkiller is just a temporary fix for your pain. If in spite of the painkillers you are still in severe pain, your best approach will be to visit the emergency room.

My face is swollen up and my eyes are closing. Do I come to see you or go to ER?

Visit an ER immediately if your eyes are closing up. Most likely, the ER physician will administer IV antibiotics, corticosteroids, and maybe some other medications too to get the infection that is threatening your eyesight under control. Post this treatment; see Dr. Antonious ASAP to treat underlying cause of the infection. Most likely you either have an infected tooth or teeth that need a root canal or extraction. Your infection could be also coming from an advanced gum disease that needs to be urgently addressed.

Dental Emergency Sunnyvale


If your emergency is life-threatening, dial 911 and notify emergency medical professionals immediately

Emergency Dentistry Sunnyvale Dr. Nasser Antonious

Dental emergencies can happen at the most inopportune time. While some dental emergencies can wait for treatment, others require immediate attention.  Eating, sleeping, and everyday activities can become very difficult while waiting for treatment.  A dental injury, accident, broken tooth, or sudden throbbing toothache can happen to anyone. Sunnyvale emergency dentist Dr. Antonious is available to help. Our urgent dental care is considered to be among the best near me emergency dental office in the area for treatment for both adult dental emergency and children dental emergency.

“I am tremendously pleased with his work, his demeanor, his attention to detail, and his attention to the emotional well being of his patient…”

Dr Nasser Antonious is by far the kindest and most attentive dentist that I have ever had. He replaced 3 aging fillings and walked me through every step of the process in a very clear way. He was exceedingly aware of how I was feeling and very careful and precise. He made sure the fillings fit perfectly and didn’t cut any corners. I am tremendously pleased with his work, his demeanor, his attention to detail, and his attention to the emotional well being of his patient. – Sam O.Read more patient testimonials…

What will Happen When You Visit Sunnyvale Dental Care Emergency Center

When you visit our Sunnyvale Dental Care Emergency Center for a dental emergency, we will immediately diagnose your problem. Our Sunnyvale emergency dentist Dr. Antonious will thoroughly explain your treatment options. For some dental emergencies, we will address your pain with prescription antibiotics and pain medication

If your regular dentist is unavailable:

Sunnyvale emergency dentist Dr. Nasser Antonious can see you and get you out of pain or discomfort today. Sunnyvale Dental Care will then send your regular dentist a detailed report of your emergency dental visit, including your treatment and any dental x-rays taken.

If you don’t have a regular dentist:

The first priority of Sunnyvale emergency dentist Dr. Nasser Antonious is to get you out of pain. After your dental emergency has been addressed at Sunnyvale Dental Care, we can discuss longer-term care that may prevent future dental emergencies. Our caring and patient Sunnyvale emergency dental staff will teach you the latest techniques in oral care.

Knowing how to handle a dental emergency can mean the difference between saving or losing a tooth.

What Are Some Causes of Dental Emergencies?

With our busy schedules, it is easy to put off dental treatment. A small to moderate area of decay when left untreated can grow into a large area of decay. A large cavity that is deep within a tooth can be very sensitive. Fear also prevents some people from seeking dental care. This is not advisable because allowing long periods of time to pass between dental visits can result in tooth decay, infection, periodontal disease and pain. That is why it is important to find a gentle dentist that you can be comfortable seeing on a regular basis. Putting off dental care can also result in more costly treatment.

Patients who receive routine dental examinations and cleanings are not immune to dental emergencies. A dental emergency can result from trauma such as an accidental fall, sports injury, or automobile accident. Even the simple acts of biting and chewing can cause a compromised tooth to break. Our Sunnyvale Dental emergency office is committed to helping patients get out of pain and on with their lives.


What Are Some Possible Dental Emergencies?


Loose Fillings:

Over time, silver amalgam, composite, and gold fillings can become loose and out. This can result in tooth sensitivity and/or sharp areas that can scratch the cheek, lips, or tongue. Food can also become impacted in this area. If there is minimal or no decay present and  there is sufficient tooth and bone support, a new filling or buildup and crown may be placed. The tooth should be restored as soon as possible to avoid damaging it further.


Avulsion (knocked out teeth):

Having a tooth knocked out is an emergency that must be dealt with as soon as possible. In some cases it is possible to re-insert a tooth that has been knocked out. A splint is frequently used to stabilize the tooth while it heals.


Sports Injuries:

Participating in contact sports such as baseball, basketball, football, hockey, or any sport can increase the chance of a dental emergency. Even activities such as bike riding, horseback riding, diving, or jumping on a trampoline may lead to dental trauma. Sports related dental trauma includes lacerations, tongue bites, and knocked out teeth. An impression can be           taken for a custom athletic mouth guard that may offer some protection from sports related dental injuries.


Fractured Teeth:

Fracturing a tooth is a very unpleasant experience. You may worry that the tooth cannot be saved. A fractured tooth located in the front of the mouth may be embarrassing. Trauma may cause a tooth to fracture. Teeth with large silver amalgam or composite fillings that aren’t protected by a crown may fracture. Tooth decay can severely weaken a tooth and cause it to fracture. Clinching and grinding the teeth has caused many teeth to fracture. Stress or deep concentration causes some people to clinch or grind their teeth. Many people clinch and grind their teeth in their sleep. Night guards or occlusal guards may be worn to protect the teeth from damage. Occlusal guards are worn over the top or bottom teeth, and may fit over all of the teeth on the arch, or over the front teeth. Opening items with the teeth, and chewing on hard things like jaw breakers, ice, and pens could also lead to fractures and should be avoided. Teeth that fracture below the gum or down the root may not be    restorable. If the tooth has to be extracted, Dr. Antonious will explain to you all of the options available to replace the tooth. Some restorative treatments are implants, partial dentures, and bridges. A tooth that fractures in a way that exposes the nerve of the tooth may need a root canal before the tooth can be restored.


Wisdom Teeth:

Wisdom teeth are the final teeth to erupt in the mouth. They typically erupt during the late teens or early twenties. Because they are so far back in the mouth, they can be difficult to clean which may make them more susceptible to decay.  If the decay is left untreated, the tooth could become infected. Wisdom teeth may grow in at an angle which may cause pressure on the adjacent teeth. When wisdom teeth are problematic, extraction may be recommended.  Anesthetic will be administered before the extraction. You may feel pressure during the extraction, but you shouldn’t feel any pain. It is important to follow all of the post-operative instructions to prevent a dry socket or other complications that could cause a delay in healing.


Dental Abscess:

A dental abscess or infection can cause severe throbbing or aching pain, swelling, difficulty eating, and bad breath. A dental abscess may also adversely affect other areas of the body. An antibiotic is sometimes prescribed to treat a dental abscess. Taking an antibiotic for a dental abscess is a temporary solution. The infection will eventually return if the cause is not treated. When an abscessed tooth is restorable, it may be treated with root canal therapy. This is a treatment that Dr. Antonious performs frequently. In some instances, he may recommend a few days of antibiotics before starting the root canal. This is done to reduce infection and make you more comfortable during the root canal procedure.  A crown may be recommended following root canal therapy to strengthen the tooth. If an abscessed tooth is not restorable it may need to be extracted. Dr. Antonious has many years of experience in extracting teeth.



Toothaches are a very common dental emergency. Most people experience at least one toothache during their lifetime. An x-ray may be taken and tests done to identify the cause of the toothache before proceeding with treatment.


Denture Repair:

Sometimes artificial teeth can dislodge from a full or partial denture. It is also possible to fracture the base material or clasps. Although this situation may not be painful, it is still important to repair damaged full or partial dentures so they can function properly. Some denture repairs can be done in the dental office, while other repairs may need to be done in a dental lab.



Physical injuries inside or around the mouth such as cuts, sores and abrasions may frequently be treated in a dental office. Severe lacerations may require treatment at a medical facility.


TMJ Pain:

Temporal Mandibular Joint (TMJ) pain, popping, and clicking can be caused by several factors including clinching, grinding, poor teeth alignment, and trauma. Once the cause has been identified the symptoms can be treated.


Loose Crowns:

Decay, fracture, or a weakened cement bond may cause a crown to become loose. If no decay is present it is sometimes possible to simply re-cement the crown. If there is decay or the tooth is fractured but restorable, a new crown may need to be made.


Bleeding Gums:

It can be very startling to see blood in the sink or on your toothbrush. Hormonal changes during pregnancy, infection, poor oral hygiene, and improper brushing and flossing are some of the causes of bleeding gums.

Where Can I Go For Emergency Dental Care?

Many patients who go to a medical facility for a dental emergency are referred to a dentist because medical doctors do not have the same training and equipment needed to treat dental problems. Most dental emergencies can be treated more thoroughly and more economically in a well-equipped dental clinic than they can be treated in an urgent care facility or hospital emergency room.

There may be several options available to treat your dental problem. Sunnyvale emergency dentist Dr. Antonious will present to you every possible treatment option. He will explain the pros and cons for each option and provide the best possible care. If you are covered by dental insurance, the front office team at the Sunnyvale Dental Care Emergency Center will also help you understand your insurance coverage, and submit your dental claim for you.

The Sunnyvale Dental Care emergency practice provides gentle quality dental care to the residents of Sunnyvale and the surrounding area. We have extended hours that allow us to accommodate patients with busy schedules. Please contact the Sunnyvale Dental Care emergency clinic at (408)-720-0900 to schedule an appointment the next time you or someone you love are experiencing a dental emergency. If you don’t have a regular dentist and wish to continue with us, our friendly and knowledgeable staff would be happy to see you for non-emergency dental care as well.


When it comes to providing emergency dental treatment, Sunnyvale Dentist Dr. Antonious says “there is nothing like seeing a smile on the patient’s face after reliving his or her pain, that is what makes it all worth it” Furthermore Dr. Antonious believes that relieving the patient’s pain is a basic treatment and should be offered to every patient with the best quality and an affordable cost. Dr. Antonious is known to be one of Sunnyvale’s inexpensive and affordable emergency dentist.

Our urgent dental care is considered to be among the best local near me emergency dental office in the area.

Sunnyvale Dental care offers walk in dental emergency services during business hours and accommodates same day emergency appointments.

Sunnyvale Dental Care is proud to declare that since its inception in Aug 11, 1995 never had to decline to provide emergency treatment to a single walk in patient in pain.

When it comes to after hours dental emergency services, our convenient 24/7 emergency answering service and Dr. Antonious’ prompt response to dental emergency phone calls have earned our practice titles like “Sunnyvale 24/7 emergency dentist.”

Terms like “local emergency dentist close by me”, “emergency dentist in my area” have become synonyms for our urgent Sunnyvale Dental Care center. We are very proud of that and take it as a great compliment.

Sunnyvale Dental Care’s website is well presented in the internet’s search engine results when it comes to patient search phrases like “best emergency dentist near me”, “emergency dentist by me” or “911 dentist close by.”

Our practice services including emergency treatments enjoy a 4.9 rating on Google reviews. Even though we will be the first to admit that we cannot make every patient happy and there will be times when we will come short of exceeding our patients’ expectations, our reviews on Facebook, YouTube and Yelp speak volumes about our service.

Sunnyvale Dental Care provides emergency dental services for the following dental insurance companies: Cigna PPO, Ameritas PPO, Assurant PPO, Anthem BlueCross PPO, Aetna PPO, DenteMax PPO, Geha Connection PPO, Dentegra PPO, HealthNet PPO, Humana PPO, MetLife PPO, Principal PPO, United HealthCare PPO, Maverest PPO, Avesis PPO, Dental Benefit Providers PPO, Guardian PPO, and First Dental Health PPO. Also, Dr. Antonious is a premier provider with Delta Dental.

Sunnyvale Dental Care is located right on El Camino Real which is a major artery that goes through the city of Sunnyvale with an easy access through Central Expressway and freeway routes 280 and 101. This convenient location is easily and quickly accessed by car and public transportation like bus and Caltrain in the event of a dental emergency. That makes Sunnyvale dental emergency center able of treating critical urgent dental care patients who live in zip codes 94085, 94086, 94087, 94088 and 94089 efficiently and promptly.


Our Office Hours:

Monday: 10 am to 7 pm

Tuesday:  9 am to 6 pm

Wednesday: 10 am to 7 pm

Thursday: 10 am to 7 pm

Friday: 9 am to 5 pm

Saturday and Sunday: Available for dental emergencies by appointment only





Dental Emergency FAQs


I am having a dental emergency. What can I do?

You can call our office 24 hours a day, seven days a week. When you call the office outside of normal business hours, our live answering service will have Sunnyvale dentist Dr. Antonious call you back and answer your questions and determine the best course of action to treat your dental emergency. Sometimes it may be necessary for you to come into the office for an emergency exam and treatment. We will do everything we can to make you comfortable and to address your concerns.


How soon can you see me in an emergency?

If you experience a dental emergency, don’t hesitate to call our office. If our office is not open, our live answering service will have Dr. Antonious call you back. If Dr. Antonious thinks it is necessary, he may have you come to our office so that we can take x-rays and provide treatment based on the type of emergency you are experiencing. In many cases, emergency treatment is needed to prevent further serious damage, reduce severe pain or even to save your tooth. We understand that experiencing any type of sudden dental trauma can be frightening and painful. But you never have to worry, because a helpful team member at Sunnyvale Dental Care is always just a phone call away.


I’m not a regular patient. What are my options in a dental emergency?

It is especially important to take care of dental emergencies as quickly as possible so we can try to do whatever it takes to save your tooth. Please be aware that if your dental emergency includes trauma to your head or jaw, it is imperative that you call 911 or seek immediate treatment at an emergency room. We also understand how painful and frightening a dental emergency can be, and we want to make sure that you receive the treatment you need to get relief as quickly as possible. There is no reason for you to suffer needlessly when we’re available to help you. Our team members are compassionate professionals who will advise you on the best way to handle your emergency and make arrangements for you to be seen as quickly as possible. If you or any member of your family is in need of emergency treatment, we welcome your phone call. Your oral health is extremely important to the Sunnyvale Dental Care team, and we want to protect it in any way we can.


My tooth was knocked out. What should I do?

If your tooth was knocked out as a result of injury to your head or jaw, call 911 or go to an emergency room immediately. Otherwise you should contact our office ASAP. You can reach us by phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Until you can get to our office in Sunnyvale, one of the most important things to avoid is touching the root of the tooth. The root has tissue attached to it that must be kept intact to help save the tooth.
It is important to get to our office quickly because the faster we can we can treat you, the better our odds are of saving the tooth. To protect the root from any further damage, hold the crown of the tooth gently, and rinse very carefully with lukewarm salt water. Do not try to scrub the tooth because it is important to protect the root and tooth by keeping it intact.
If possible, gently try to insert the root of the tooth back in its socket. Besides preventing further damage to the root, it is very important to make sure that the root does not dry out before you can get to our office. If you are unable to replace the root in the socket, place the tooth in a cup of milk or water to keep it wet.

My tooth was pushed out of position, what should I do?

  • Attempt to reposition the tooth to its normal alignment using very light finger pressure, but do not force the tooth.
  • Bite down to keep the tooth from moving.
  • Call Sunnyvale Dental Care at 408-720-0900 to set up an appointment as soon as possible.
  • Antonious may splint the tooth in place to the two healthy teeth next to the loose tooth.


What Happens if my Child Knocks Out a Tooth?

Even if your child has knocked out a baby tooth, you should still try to keep it moist by submerging it in milk or using a dentist-approved tooth preservation product. Avoid touching the root of the tooth. The root has tissue attached to it that must be kept intact to help save the tooth. Call Sunnyvale Dental Care right away to set up an emergency appointment. Your Sunnyvale Dentist, Dr. Antonious, will determine how much of the tooth has been lost and whether it should be implanted again.


How Should I Remove an Object Stuck in my Child’s Tooth?

If an object is stuck in your mouth or in your child’s mouth, try to gently remove it with floss. Sunnyvale Dentist, Dr. Antonious cautions that sharp or pointed instruments should never be used, as they may crack the teeth or damage the soft gums. Objects stuck in teeth can be painful or cause infection if not removed. Schedule an appointment with Sunnyvale Dental Care if you cannot dislodge it.


What can I do about a broken tooth?

Whether you crack a tooth biting down on a hard object or have suffered facial trauma, cracked teeth can cause more than just cosmetic complications. Left untreated by a dentist, a cracked tooth can worsen, leading to infection and even tooth loss.
In the event that you crack or break one of your teeth, try to collect as many of the

broken pieces as possible and wrap them in a clean, moist cloth. Call us at Sunnyvale Dental Care right away. The sooner you can get an appointment, the sooner they can repair the damaged tooth for you.

When a tooth is fractured:

  • Rinse mouth with lukewarm salt water.
  • Use an ice pack or cold compress to reduce swelling.
  • Use ibuprofen, not aspirin, for pain; providing that you don’t have an allergy or contraindication to ibuprofen or have a sensitive stomach or stomach ulcers.
  • Immediately get to your dentist, who will determine treatment based on how badly the tooth is broken. Only a dentist can tell how bad the break is.
  • Minor fracture: Minor fractures can be smoothed by your dentist with a sandpaper disc or simply left alone. Another option is to restore the tooth with a composite restoration. In either case, treat the tooth with care for several days.
  • Moderate fracture: Moderate fractures include damage to the enamel, dentin and/or pulp. If the pulp is not permanently damaged, the tooth may be resorted with a full permanent crown. If pupal damage does occur, further dental treatment will be required.
  • Severe Fracture: Severe fractures often mean a traumatized tooth with slim chance of recovery.


What should I do if the inside of my mouth is injured?

Call us at Sunnyvale Dental Care immediately and schedule an appointment.

When tissue is injured:

Injuries to the inside of the mouth include tears, puncture wounds and lacerations to the cheek, lips or tongue. The wound should be cleaned right away with lukewarm water, and the injured person taken to the hospital emergency room for the necessary care. Bleeding from a tongue laceration can be reduced by pulling the tongue forward and using gauze to place pressure on the wound. Most likely you will also need a follow up visit with your Sunnyvale Dentist, Dr Antonious.


What can I do to relieve pain or swelling?

Take an anti-inflammatory medication such as Ibuprofen. Avoid Aspirin because it contains ingredients that will thin your blood and thus exacerbate the situation. Call Sunnyvale Dental Care to address the cause of your pain or swelling. We might ask you to come to the office to examine your pain or swelling and take x-rays.


How do I know if my problem is a dental emergency?

There is nothing worse than waking up in the middle of the night with excruciating tooth pain. In many cases, the pain may be so severe that you can’t even tell which tooth it’s coming from.
It doesn’t matter whether others think it’s an emergency, because at that moment it is certainly an emergency as far as you’re concerned. As a general guideline, some of the more common dental emergencies that we see are:

  • An accident or damage to your tooth that has caused it to break or fracture
  • An unexplained bump or pimple on your gums
  • Sudden severe tooth pain or swelling
  • A toothache that is severe enough to cause radiating facial pain
  • Sports injury or trauma caused by an accident
  • Loss of a filling, dental crown, veneer, or other type of restoration

If you have experienced any of the above, or even if you have a sudden dental problem that is not listed above, don’t ever hesitate to contact Sunnyvale Dentist, Dr. Antonious. If your emergency happens during regular office hours, we will see you as quickly as possible.
Even if it’s after hours, you can contact Sunnyvale Dental Care. Our live answering service will have Dr. Antonious call you back and answer your questions and determine the best course of action to treat your emergency.



I lost a filling. How do I know if it’s an emergency?

There is nothing worse than waking up in the middle of the night with excruciating tooth pain. In many cases, the pain may be so severe that you can’t even tell which tooth it’s coming from.
It doesn’t matter whether others think it’s an emergency, because at that moment it is certainly an emergency as far as you’re concerned. As a general guideline, some of the more common dental emergencies that we see are:

  • An accident or damage to your tooth that has caused it to break or fracture
  • An unexplained bump or pimple on your gums
  • Sudden severe tooth pain or swelling
  • A toothache that is severe enough to cause radiating facial pain
  • Sports injury or trauma caused by an accident
  • Loss of a filling, dental crown, veneer, or other type of restoration

If you have experienced any of the above, or even if you have a sudden dental problem that is not listed above, don’t ever hesitate to contact Sunnyvale Dentist, Dr. Antonious. If your emergency happens during regular office hours, we will see you as quickly as possible.
Even if it’s after hours, you can contact Sunnyvale Dental Care. Our live answering service will have Dr. Antonious call you back and answer your questions and determine the best course of action to treat your emergency.


How can I prepare for a dental emergency?

The best way to be prepared for a dental emergency is to create a dental emergency kit and keep it somewhere that’s easily accessible in your home. The kit should include dental floss, a dental mirror, a small flashlight, Ambosol or Orajel, temporary fillings, orthodontic wax, a dental probe, cotton balls, swabs, gauze, Ibuprofen (Not aspirin, aspirin is an anti-coagulant, which may cause excessive bleeding in a dental emergency, small container with lid, saline solution and your dentist’s phone number (Sunnyvale Dental Care, 408-720-0900).


How can I avoid common dental emergencies?

Take good care of your teeth and practice excellent oral hygiene, such as brushing your teeth three times daily and flossing every night before bed. Also, if you play any high-contact sports, it’s in your best interest to protect your teeth by wearing a mouth guard and a helmet. Also come to see us for a regular check up, exam and dental cleaning twice a year.


My jaw is fractured. What can I do?

Call 911

Jaw injury should be considered an emergency due to the potential issues related to bleeding or limited breathing. So as you await medical help, support your jaw to provide stabilization and to maintain an open airway. Surgery might be necessary for severe breaks resulting in displaced portions of bone. Luckily, if the fracture is clean, your jaw wills self-heal as long as it’s immobilized.
The type of fracture ultimately dictates the required method of treatment. A minor break might only need a bandage for your chin and head to prevent the jaw from opening too wide. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatories can ease any pain or discomfort while reducing swelling during this process. A more severe fracture, though, may require your jaw to stay wired shut for the time being to keep the jaw closed and preserve your bite. Expect at least six weeks recovery time for a fractured jaw. And because opening your mouth will (and should) be minimal if the break is serious, your diet will have to temporarily consist in liquids through a straw.


Quick Reference For Adults

First, try to stick the tooth back in place and hold it there while you rush to see the dentist. If that’s impossible, put the tooth in a container of milk (or water if milk is not available) and take it and the patient to the dentist immediately.

To avoid further aggravating the damaged tooth, place a piece of soft wax into the area of the tooth that was chipped. You should eat only soft foods and try to avoid food and drink that are hot and cold to the touch.

If you find that your jaw hurts when it is moved or if you cannot close your mouth in a normal fashion, it is likely that you have fractured your jaw. Seek professional medical help at a hospital emergency room. The hospital will be able to treat your injury as well as advise you whether you need to make an appointment to see your dentist.

Biting or lacerating your tongue may cause inflammation and possible bleeding. Use ice or pressure to control the swelling or bleeding. Any swelling should subside within twenty-four hours. Contact your Dentist if the pain persists or the laceration is deep.

Slight bleeding after an extraction is normal. A clot will usually form within one hour. If bleeding continues, place a thick gauze pad over the extraction site. Apply pressure to the area to control the flow of blood. If bleeding still persists, you may try soaking a tea bag in water, placing it inside a thin gauze pad, and apply pressure for one hour. The tea leaves contain minerals which may aid in the clotting procedure.

Canker sores are those very small and painful sores which occur inside the mouth. They can be caused by stress, biting the inside of the mouth or by a reaction to certain foods. If you find that you have developed a canker sore on the inside of the mouth, apply an over-the-counter medicine like Orajel or Campho-Phenique. This will produce a bandage-like film over the sore.

An aching tooth is a very common dental emergency. A toothache is often a sign of infection in or around a tooth. Tylenol or aspirin can sometimes be effective in comforting pain. If there is a hole in the tooth, you may place Oil of Cloves on a small cotton pellet and place it in the site to relieve pain.

Pediatric Quick Reference

If your child has bitten his lip or tongue severely enough to cause bleeding, clean the bite gently with water and use a cold compress (a cold, wet towel or washcloth pressed firmly against the area) to reduce or avoid swelling. Give us a call to help determine how serious the bite is.

If your child has something caught between his teeth, use dental floss to gently remove it. Never use a metal, plastic, or sharp tool to remove a stuck object. If you are unable to remove the item with dental floss, give us a call.

If your child has chipped or broken a piece off of his tooth, have them rinse their mouth with warm water, then use a cold compress to reduce swelling. Try to locate and save the tooth fragment that broke off. Call us immediately.

If your child’s tooth has been knocked out of his mouth, find the tooth and rinse it with water (no soap), taking care to only touch the crown of the tooth (the part you can see when it’s in place). If you can, place the tooth back in its socket and hold it in place with a clean towel or cloth. If you can’t return the tooth to its socket, place it in a clean container with milk. In either case, call us immediately and/or head to the hospital. If you act quickly it’s possible to save the tooth.

If your child complains of a toothache, rinse their mouth with warm water and inspect their teeth to be sure there is nothing caught between them. If pain continues, use a cold compress to ease the pain. Do not apply heat or any kind of aspirin or topical pain reliever directly to the affected area, as this can cause damage to the gums. Children’s pain relievers may be taken orally. Schedule an appointment immediately.

If you know or suspect your child has sustained a broken jaw, use a cold compress to reduce swelling. Call our emergency number and/or head to the hospital immediately. In many cases a broken jaw is the result of a blow to the head. Severe blows to the head can be dangerous and even life-threatening.

You can help your child avoid dental emergencies. Child-proof your house to avoid falls. Don’t let your child chew on ice, popcorn kernels, or other hard foods. Always use car seats for young children and require seat belts for older children. And if your child plays contact sports, have him wear a mouthguard. Ask us about creating a custom-fitted mouthguard for your child. Finally, prevent toothaches with regular brushing, flossing, and visits to our office.