Dental Emergencies

Emergency Dental Care

We understand that dental emergencies and tooth pain can occur at the most unexpected and inconvenient times. The first thing you should do is call our office. At Northpointe Family Dentistry one of our doctors is always on call. Leave us a phone message at any time and we will call you back ASAP, even at night and on the weekends! If you need to come into the office for an emergency exam we will do our best to see you the same day.

Common Dental Emergencies

Loose Baby Tooth

Having a loose baby tooth can cause discomfort when your child tries to eat. Children's pain medications such as children's Tylenol or Advil can be given when needed if your pediatrician has recommended over the counter medications for your child. If the gums are swollen and red, the gums should be dried off gently and Orajel can be placed on the gums to numb the gums. To help the loose tooth fall out faster, remind your child to keep trying to wiggle the tooth. If these methods don't work or if the loose tooth is broken, Dr. Garza can help painlessly remove the offending baby tooth.

Permanent Tooth Came Out

If an accident occurs and your permanent tooth is knocked out, try to avoid touching the root portion of the tooth. If there is dirt or debris on the tooth you can lightly rinse it with water. Then make immediate plans to come to the dentist office to see if the tooth can be placed back in place and to keep the nerves alive in the tooth. If you can easily place the tooth back into the socket where it came out then that is a good option for transporting the tooth to the dental office. If not, it is best to place the tooth in a cup of milk or salt water. If it is a baby tooth that was knocked out, it is normally not put back in the mouth. However it is still important to place gauze to stop bleeding and to have an x-ray taken to see if pieces of the tooth are still in the mouth.


Brush and floss the uncomfortable area as thoroughly as possible to remove any food stuck in or around the tooth. Rinsing with warm salt water or hydrogen peroxide can also help clean and remove any debris in the area. Pain medications such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen can be taken to help with discomfort if your physician has recommended them for you. You can alternate between the two medications since they work differently to help with pain and swelling, just make sure to not take more than is recommended per day. Applying a cold compress to the outside of the face for 20 minutes on then 20 minutes off can help reduce swelling. Call the office for an exam and x-rays so Dr. Garza can take a look and help you form a plan to get you out of pain.

Are You Experiencing Dental Pain?

If you are in pain, don’t delay. Call Northpointe Family Dentistry today for an evaluation.