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Dental Emergencies: What to Do and How Dr. Mingus Can Help

Nothing ruins your day like a dental emergency. Whether you’ve suffered an injury to your teeth or mouth, lost a filling, have a toothache, or any other unexpected issue, it’s important to know what to do and how to get help quickly. Here’s what you need to do in case of a dental emergency, and how Dr. Mingus can be there for you and your family when you need care the most.

Common Dental Emergencies and What to Do

There are many different types of dental emergencies that can occur. Here are some of the most common dental emergencies and what you should do if they happen to you:


If you have a toothache, it’s important to determine the cause of the pain. You can rinse your mouth with warm water, and then use floss or an interdental cleaner to clean around the tooth to remove any trapped food or debris. Over-the-counter pain relief can help manage the pain, but you should still see a dentist right away to determine the underlying cause.

Cut in mouth or lip

Stop any bleeding by applying pressure with a clean cloth. Rinse the area with warm water, and then apply cold compresses to reduce swelling. If the bleeding doesn’t stop or if you can’t take care of the injury yourself, go to the emergency room for care.

Broken, missing or chipped tooth

A broken, missing, or chipped tooth will need to be addressed as quickly as possible. Begin by saving any broken tooth pieces, and then rinse your mouth with warm water. Apply a cold compress to the area to reduce swelling, and make an appointment with Dr. Mingus as soon as possible. If the tooth is knocked out, place it in a cup of milk to keep it moist and head to the dental office right away.

Lost filling or crown

If you lose a filling or crown, you can apply clove oil or over-the-counter dental gel to the area to help relieve pain and discomfort. If you still have the filling or crown, save it and bring it to the dental office for reattachment.

How Dr. Mingus Can Help

Dr. Mingus and his team offer emergency dental care to help patients with any type of dental emergency. If you are a current patient, we will make every effort to see you on the same day. For new patients, we will schedule an appointment as soon as possible.

Our highly skilled, compassionate dental team will quickly assess your situation and develop a treatment plan to address your concerns. Whether it is removing decay, repairing a broken tooth or crown, stopping bleeding, or providing other emergency care, we are dedicated to helping you feel better as quickly as possible.

In addition to emergency care, Dr. Mingus provides other preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dental services to help you and your family keep your smiles healthy and beautiful.

Contact Dr. Mingus for Emergency Dental Care

When a dental emergency strikes, you want skilled, compassionate care from a dental provider you can trust. Dr. Mingus and his team are here to help. If you are experiencing a dental emergency, contact Dr. Mingus for emergency care and we will make every effort to see you as soon as possible.