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 Common Dental Emergencies

My temporary  or permanent crown came off:

If your crown has come off, it is important that you contact us and have it recemented as soon as possible.  Many people decide to wait until their next regular appointment, but waiting can result in tooth movement and the crown no longer fitting.  If your crown has come off outside regular office hours, use one of the following to hold it in place until we re-open:

  1. denture adhesive (Fixodent).
  2. Elmer's glue (nontoxic)--do not use any other glues, especially super glue, which is very toxic and can kill the nerve of the tooth.
  3. Den-Temp brand of temporary cement--hard to find, but sometimes available at Walgreens and/or Wal-Mart (this is actually the same type of temporary cement we use).
  4. Toothpaste works if none of the above are available.

My jaw is swollen:

 Symptoms of a dental abscess typically include pain, swelling, and redness of the mouth and face.  With an advanced infection, you can suffer nausea, vomiting, fever, chills, and diarrhea. 

If you think you have an abscess, call the office at the first sign. Do not wait until the problem is serious.  Avoid applying heat to the abscessed area;  instead apply cold compresses.

If you have intolerable pain, difficulty breathing or swallowing, and you cannot reach your dentist, go to the nearest emergency room.  

 My tooth broke: Rinse your mouth with warm water to clean the area.  Use cold compresses if swelling starts.  Do not chew on the area and call the office for an appointment.
 My tooth/my child's tooth was knocked out:

Basic instructions:  Handle the tooth by the crown, not the root.  Touching the root (the part of the tooth below the gum) can damage cells necessary for bone re-attachment.  Gently rinse the tooth in water to remove dirt.  Do not scrub.  If you can place the tooth back in its socket, do so.  If not, place the clean tooth in your mouth between the cheek and gum to keep it moist.  It is important not to let the tooth dry out.  If it is not possible to store the tooth in the mouth of the injured person, wrap the tooth in a clean cloth or gauze and immerse in milk or saline solution.

During office hours call the office immediately after following the above instructions.

After hours, weekends or holidays:  go to the nearest emergency room.  Do not wait.  Time is of the essence when dealing with knocked out teeth.  The emergency room will stabilize the situation and then refer you back to your regular dentist for any further treatment on the tooth.

 I am having a toothache:  Rinse your mouth with room temperature 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 against the gums near the aching tooth because it may burn the gum tissue. 
My gums are swollen

(abnormally enlarged, bulging, protruding):



Avoid gum irritants such as commercial mouthwashes, alcohol, and tobacco. Do not attempt to remove tartar buildup with metal or wooden objects. You may gently cleanse the area with a soft toothbrush and dental floss. A warm saltwater rinse may help alleviate discomfort.


If swelling is severe, persistent, and associated with other unexplained symptoms such as extreme discomfort, you may have a gum infection.  Contact our office for an appointment.

Call us at (405) 321-4060


email appts@gentlefamilydent.com and we will respond to your inquiry our next business day.