How Do I Address A Dental Emergency?


A dental emergency involves any pain or injury to the teeth, gums or mouth. If the problem is potentially life threatening, then proceed immediately to the nearest emergency room. Otherwise, give us a call! We can treat the issue, often in one visit. In addition, we’re going to talk about different options for addressing your discomfort before you see us.

Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Emergencies

Question: What should I do if I chip a tooth?

Answer: If you chip a tooth, try to recover any pieces you can and bring them with you to the office. If you can’t, that’s okay, we can still repair the tooth. Rinse your mouth with warm water and if needed, use a piece of gauze or cloth to stem any bleeding. A cold compress can also be placed against the side of the face to reduce swelling.

Question: What happens if something is stuck between my teeth?

Answer: If an object becomes caught between your teeth, causing pain, and you can’t remove it with floss, contact us. Never use anything other than floss, as you could end up damaging your gums or your teeth.

Question: What if I knock out a tooth?

Answer: If you knock out a tooth, remember to pick the tooth up by the crown, or visible portion, never touch the root. Rinse the tooth under gently running water to remove any foreign debris or dirt. Place the tooth in a glass of milk or salt water and bring it with you to the office. You can also try placing the tooth back into the socket and biting down gently until you see us.

Question: What if a restoration becomes loose or lost?

Answer: If a filling or crown becomes loose or lost, give us a call right away. We can reattach the restoration or replace it. Be sure to avoid hot or cold foods and drinks, or anything with a high amount of sugar, as these items could cause major discomfort to the exposed tooth.

Do You Have a Dental Emergency?

Whether you lose a tooth or chip one, we can help with our emergency services. You can schedule an appointment with Munilla Dental in Southlake, TX by calling 817-379-1200.