Emergency Information

Nothing is more important to us than the health and well-being of our patients. While patients are in our offices, we make sure that they are surrounded by a safe and professional environment. However, unexpected events on the playground or in the home can cause dental emergencies that require immediate action. Read below for information on what to do in the event of these dental emergencies.

Your child’s health and safety are our top priority. We strongly emphasize parent education, part of which is knowing what to do in the event of an emergency. If you have any questions regarding emergency care, please don’t hesitate to call our office at (510) 790-3382. We will be happy to assist you.


Begin by cleaning around the sore tooth meticulously. Using warm water, rinse the mouth to displace any food trapped between teeth. Under no circumstances should you use aspirin directly on the aching tooth nor on the gums. In the event of facial swelling, apply a cold compress to the area. For temporary pain relief, acetaminophen is recommended. Make sure to call our office at (510) 790-3382 to schedule a visit as soon as possible.

Cut or bitten tongue, lip, or cheek

First, apply ice to any bruised areas. For bleeding, apply firm but gentle pressure with sterile gauze or a clean cloth. If the bleeding does not stop with fifteen minutes (maximum) of pressure, go to an emergency room.

Broken tooth

Rinse the area with warm water. Put a cold compress over the facial area of the injury. Recover any broken tooth fragments. Call our office at (510) 790-3382 immediately.

Loss of permanent tooth

Recover the tooth, making sure to hold it by the crown (top) and not the root end. Gently rinse, but do not clean or handle the tooth more than necessary. Reinsert the tooth in the socket and hold it in place using a clean piece of gauze or cloth. If the tooth cannot be reinserted, carry it in a cup containing milk. Because time is essential, call our office at (510) 790-3382 immediately.

Bleeding after baby tooth loss

Fold a piece of gauze and place it tightly over the bleeding area. Bite down on the gauze for ten or fifteen minutes. If bleeding continues after 15 minutes, call our office at (510) 790-3382.