What Should I Do In A Dental Emergency?


A dental emergency refers to any sudden pain or injury to your teeth, gums, or mouth. If the problem appears to be life threatening you should proceed to an emergency room or call 911. Otherwise, you should contact our team as soon as possible. We have the experience and treatment options to help address your problem right away.

See Us Right Away

The sooner we can see you, the sooner we can treat the problem. We can then stop your discomfort and repair the problem. In fact, many of our procedures, such as fillings or dental bonding, can be completed in a single visit.

Addressing the Situation

In between calling us and arriving at the office, you can take steps to address your discomfort. Below, we look a how to respond to a few common dental emergencies.

  • Broken Tooth: Try to gather up the pieces of the tooth and bring them with you. If this is impossible, we can still fix the tooth. You should rinse with warm water and use a cold compress against the side of the face to reduce swelling. Gauze can be used to stem bleeding.
  • Knocked-Out Tooth: Pick up your knocked-out tooth by the crown, not the root. You should rinse the tooth under running water to remove dirt and debris, but try to remove any tissue. You can place the tooth back into the socket and bite down gently to hold in place. You can also place the tooth in a glass of salt water or milk.
  • Loose or Lost Fillings/Crowns: Be sure to avoid any sugary foods or drinks, as this can lead to discomfort due to exposed portions of your tooth. We can reattach the restoration or replace it, so call us as soon as possible.
  • Toothaches: If you have sudden pain in your tooth, let us know. We can discover the cause and recommend treatment.

Do You Have an Emergency Situation?

We can see you right away to provide treatment and help preserve your tooth. You can schedule an appointment with Munilla Dental in Southlake, TX by calling 817-379-1200.