Responding To Common Dental Emergencies

What should you do if you chip a tooth? When you experience a dental emergency, which refers to any damage to your teeth or gums, then you should see your Des Moines, IA, dentist as soon as possible. We can repair your smile and prevent complications. In addition, there are a few steps you can take immediately after your injury to limit discomfort.

Damaged Teeth

What if you chip or crack a tooth? If you chip a tooth, you should try and pick up any pieces of the tooth and bring them to the office with you. However, we can still repair the tooth if this isn’t possible. In the mean time, a cold compress against your face can control swelling, and you may use a piece of cloth or gauze to stem bleeding. Please see us as quickly as possible, we may be able to repair the issue in one visit using dental bonding. If you sustain an injury but no damage is apparent, still consider scheduling an exam. After all, most dental fractures are actually invisible to the naked eye and may potentially lead to an increased risk of cavities.

Knocked-Out Teeth

What if you knock a tooth out completely? If you do, don’t panic! Pick your tooth up, but only touch the crown, not the root. Rinse the tooth under water, but gently, as you want to remove dirt but not tissue. Place the tooth in a glass of milk or salt water and bring it to the office with you. You can also place the tooth back in the socket and gently bite down to hold it in place. See us as soon as possible so we can address the issue! We can also help you create a custom mouthguard to safeguard your teeth against damaged, reducing the risk of injury.

Compromised Dental Restorations

What if you have a crown or filling that has become loose, or lost? If a filling or crown becomes loose, then let us know. Prior to seeing us, avoid any sugary or acidic foods and drinks as this could cause discomfort. If you lose a restoration completely, again cut back on the foods and drinks that could cause pain. To help, you may also chew on a piece of sugar-free gum and cover the exposed tooth while in route. We’ll offer a new crown or filling to protect your tooth and reduce the risk of further discomfort or injury. If you have any questions about our emergency care, then contact our team today.


We can treat your damaged teeth or loose or lost restorations. To find the solution for your dental emergency situation in Des Moines, IA, give us a call. To schedule an appointment, call our office today at (515) 244-9565.