What to Do in Case of a Dental Emergency

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Accidents can happen to the best of us. When an accident involves a tooth, it can be frightening and stressful. Dr. Bruce Bosler, a premiere dentist in Vacaville, is available to help in emergency dental situations. He also wants to offer some advice on immediate steps to take in the event of a dental emergency.

Broken Tooth

Teeth can break from biting the wrong way on something hard (e.g., a popcorn kernel, ice or hard candy) or from the continual forces of grinding or clenching. Areas of decay can weaken a tooth and make it more susceptible to breaking.

If you can, save any pieces of the broken tooth. Rinse your mouth with warm water to gently clean the area. Apply a cold compress to your face to manage swelling. And call our office to make an appointment as soon as possible.

Knocked-Out Tooth

If you can, find the tooth. Hold it by the crown and rinse it off with water. Try to gently put it back in place without forcing it. If you can’t fit the tooth into the socket, keep it in a small glass of milk, or water with a pinch of table salt. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Bosler as soon as you can.


Rinse your mouth with warm water and floss your teeth to get rid of any food that has lodged itself between the teeth or along the gumline. Apply a cold compress to your cheek. Avoid putting aspirin directly on the teeth or gums, as it can burn the gum tissue. If the pain does not subside, call our office and request an appointment with Dr. Bosler.

Object Stuck in the Teeth

If something gets stuck in between the teeth, carefully try to remove it with floss. Do not use any pins or sharp instruments to dislodge it or poke at it. If it does not come out, book an appointment at our office.


An abscess is a serious infection that can develop around the tooth root or in the space between the teeth and gums. It may cause a pimple-like swelling on the gums, bleeding or pain.

Rinse your mouth with a mild saltwater solution several times a day and get in to see Dr. Bosler as soon as possible. If the abscess is not treated, it could damage the surrounding teeth and tissue. An untreated infection could also spread to other parts of the body.

Call Bosler Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry

Dr. Bosler and his team are always here to help in cases of dental emergencies. Do not be afraid to email or call us at (707) 392-1019. Explain your circumstances and ask to be seen right away. We will do our best to accommodate you as quickly as possible.