Emergency Care

We understand that dental pain affects every moment of your life. It is our goal to promptly treat patients with emergency dental situations. When a dental emergency arises, call our office for instructions from our team. If it is an after-hours dental emergency or our office is otherwise closed, our recorded message will offer instructions. If your emergency requires immediate medical attention call 911 or visit the nearest hospital emergency room.

Broken jaw – Cold compresses will ease the swelling, but if you think your jaw is broken, you should go to your hospital’s emergency room or your dentist’s office immediately.

Knocked-out tooth – Find the tooth. Use a compress (a clean gauze or cotton cloth applied with mild pressure) to stop the bleeding. Holding the tooth by the crown (the white part you normally see), gently rinse the tooth with water if it is visibly dirty. Do not scrub the tooth or remove any tissue fragments. Replace the tooth in its socket if you can; otherwise place it in a cup of milk. Call your dentist immediately to let us know you’re on your way with the tooth.

Broken tooth – Rinse your mouth with warm water to clean the area around the broken tooth. Collect any tooth fragments that you can find and put them in milk (keep them hydrated with water, if no milk is available). Contact our dentist office.

Bitten lip or bitten tongue – Use a cloth to clean the area around the bite and apply cold compresses to reduce swelling and begin clotting. If the bleeding persists or is substantial in nature, see your dentist or go to the emergency room.

Tooth Pain – Call your dentist for instruction. Depending on the pain level, we will make recommendations and see you as soon as is appropriate. We will diagnose tooth pain through a number of resources and technologies available at our Mauston dental office. We will discuss your symptoms and options and proceed with treatment once we diagnose your condition and have presented a course of action.

Object lodged between teeth – Use dental floss and attempt to take it out gently. Never use a sharp object to remove anything from between your teeth as this can harm your gum tissue and tongue. If this technique doesn’t work and you have concerns, give our office a call.

Temporary Crown fell off – Get the crown out of your mouth so as not to swallow it. Inspect it for cracks or missing pieces. If it looks to be intact, you can place it back onto the tooth. Use a little denture adhesive, temporary crown cement (from a pharmacy), or a dab of toothpaste to hold it in. Call our dental office for further instruction.