Dental Emergencies

Our goal as your dental health care partner is to help you avoid dental discomfort whenever possible. If you experience tooth pain, please contact our office right away to make arrangements to be seen.

If you are traveling out of town or unable to reach Dr. Zanthos, a hospital emergency room is equipped to address severe dental pain, injury or facial swelling.

Tips for Avoiding Dental Injuries and Emergencies:

  • #1 Don’t postpone treatment. Dental disease is progressive by nature; "twinges" of tooth pain or toothaches that subside and reoccur are usually a sign of an underlying problem. Make a note of your symptoms, (i.e., how often they occur and what, if anything, sets them off) and contact us so that we can help you avoid a dental emergency.
  • #2 Dental trauma injuries can be reduced or prevented through the use of mouth guards for sports and car seats for young children and seatbelts for older children and adults.

Should a dental emergency occur, however, following are a few quick tips to help you through the initial response. And, remember, if a visiting family member or friend has a dental emergency, we are here to help, just give us a call!

Tips for dealing with Common Dental Emergencies:

Permanent tooth knocked out – If a permanent tooth is knocked out, speed in response is important:

  • Find the tooth and rinse it gently in cool water – do not scrub the tooth or use soap or other chemicals. Try to hold it by the crown and not the root tip.
  • If possible, try to place the tooth back in the socket and hold it in place with clean gauze or wash cloth, or, tuck it into the cheek. If this is not possible, place the tooth in a clean container and moisten it with saliva, milk, or water.
  • Call our office immediately.

Fractured or Chipped Tooth – Try to save the tooth fragment.

  • Rinse your mouth gently with warm water to remove any debris and help ease discomfort.
  • Apply a cold compress to minimize swelling.
  • Call our office immediately.


  • Apply a cold compress – do not apply heat or aspirin.
  • You may want to take an over-the counter pain reliever until your appointment. Do not take aspirin; it is an anticoagulant and can cause excessive bleeding in a dental emergency.
  • Call our office immediately. If swelling or an abscess is present, this is a serious infection. If after-hours, go to the nearest emergency room for immediate care.

Blow to head or Jaw Fracture

  • Go immediately to the emergency room; head injuries can be life-threatening.

Download these tips dental emergency tips and store them in your First Aid Kit.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any concerns that you may have about your dental health.

Make an appointment at Premier Family Dentistry today!