Dental Emergency Procedures

Permanent/Temporary Crown Off

Clean crown of food/debris. You can sometimes just place the crown back on and it will stay with nothing until you can get in with your dentist. Or you can try temporary cement that you can purchase over the counter, Vaseline, a small piece of sugarless chewing gum or a small amount of any denture adhesive such as Fixodent. Avoid chewing sticky things until you can get it permanently re-cemented. 


Rinse the mouth with warm water to clean it out. Use dental floss to remove any food that might be trapped between the teeth. Do not place aspirin on the aching tooth or gum tissues. Call and schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. 

Knocked-Out Tooth

If the tooth is dirty, rinse it gently in running water. Do not scrub it or remove any attached tissue fragments. Gently insert and hold the tooth in its socket. If this is not possible, place the tooth in a cup of milk, or when milk is not available, in a cup of cool water. Call and schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.   

Broken Tooth

Gently clean dirt from the injured area with warm water. Place a cold compress on the face if there is swelling or pain. Call and schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. 

Bitten Tongue Or Lip

Apply direct pressure to the bleeding area with a clean cloth. If the swelling is present, apply cold compresses. If bleeding does not stop, go to a hospital emergency room.

Objects Caught Between Teeth

Try to remove the object with floss. Guide the floss carefully to avoid cutting the gums. If you're not successful in removing the object, call your dentist. Do not try to remove the object with a sharp or pointed instrument.