What to do in the event of a dental emergency

Dental Emergencies can be scary and overwhelming, especially if you don’t know how to handle the situation. That’s why Redwood Dental is here to guide you through some of the dental emergencies that may arise. The most important step is saving our phone number so that you know who to call in the event of an emergency.



Having a toothache can be the worst. That gnawing pain can drive even the toughest of people into a state of tears and frustration. Toothaches typically occur when a cavity is too close to a nerve. To take the edge off of some of your immediate pain, consider taking a pain reliever, like Tylenol or Advil, and apply a cold compress to the area.

Knocked-Out Teeth

Knocked-Out Teeth

If you knocked out a tooth, SAVE IT! Speed matters. If you’re trying to save a lost tooth – quickly reinsert (without forcing!) the tooth into its socket, or save the tooth in a cup of milk. Then immediately head over to Redwood Dental and we will work quickly and carefully to restore your tooth.

Broken Teeth

Broken Teeth

If you break a tooth, rinse your mouth with warm water to wash away any smaller fragments that could be lingering. If you are bleeding, hold a piece of gauze on the area until bleeding stops. You can use a cold compress to relieve some of the pain and swelling. Please come see us immediately and we will work quickly and effectively to restore your tooth.

Questions & Answers

Any dental problem that requires immediate attention to save a tooth, stop on-going tissue bleeding, or alleviate ongoing oral pain is considered a dental emergency. At Redwood, we understand how uncomfortable these situations can be and that’s why we leave room in our day to attend any dental emergency that might come about.

There are several ways to handle an emergency depending on the issue you are experiencing. It is best to immediately call the Redwood Dental team if you are experiencing a dental emergency and we will guide you through the steps to take before getting you over to our office as quickly as possible.

A pain reliever like Tylenol, Advil, or Aspirin can be taken to avoid dental pain. This shouldn’t be your only solution. Rather, a temporary solution before arriving at our office for a more permanent fix.

Yes! An abscess means there is an infection and if left unresolved it can become even worse and continue to spread causing a larger infection. If you are experiencing an abscess, please call us immediately.

You must contact your insurance provider to see if you are covered for dental emergencies.

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