What To Do When You Face A Dental Emergency

A quick response to a dental emergency situation can help alleviate discomfort and prevent complications. In today’s blog, your Des Moines, IA, dentist looks at how to respond to common issues, from chipped teeth to loose crowns, and when you should see our team. Remember, fast action is crucial for avoiding discomfort and complications down the road, such as cavities.

What is a Dental Emergency?

This refers to any sudden pain or damage to your teeth or gums. If the issue is potentially life threatening, then of course proceed to the nearest emergency room or call 911. Otherwise, give our team a call. We can schedule a visit as soon as possible to see you and offer treatment. Common situations include teeth that have become chipped, broken, or cracked. Objects stuck between the teeth that floss cannot remove could also be a painful emergency. Sudden aches, as well as loose or missing crowns or fillings also require immediate attention. Remember, many of these situations expose sensitive inner tooth structure, so lack of treatment not only causes discomfort but could lead to a higher risk of decay or infection!

Immediate Responses

First, don’t panic. Rinse your mouth with warm water, and use an ice pack or cold compress against the side of the face to reduce swelling. If you experience bleeding, a cloth or bit of gauze can help. If you damage or knock a tooth out, then bring the missing pieces with you or place the tooth itself in a glass of milk or salt water. You can also take a pain reliever. If your restoration is loose or lost, avoid hot or cold foods and drinks, or items high in sugar, as this could cause discomfort and sensitivity.

Let Us Know!

When you call, we will set up an appointment to repair your tooth or add a new restoration. We can remove objects caught between your teeth as well. Often, dental bonding means we can repair damage in one sitting. We can also create more substantial restorations, such as crowns, if need be. We want to make sure you leave our office with a repaired and comfortable smile. To prevent future injuries, consider wearing a mouthguard when playing sports. If you have any questions about our approach to emergency dentistry, then please contact our team today learn more.


Don’t let an injury or compromised restoration cause serious problems for your smile’s health and appearance, see us for treatment right away. To learn more about our treatment options and solutions for emergency situations, then schedule a consultation with Dr. Burds by calling Gateway Dental Group in downtown Des Moines, IA, at (515) 244-9565.