Even though we try to avoid it, most of us will experience at least one dental emergency in our lifetime. This could be a knocked out tooth from a sports injury, a broken tooth, or a toothache caused by dental decay. Regardless of the type of emergency you have, you can rest assured that your Kalamazoo, MI dentist and her team are always here to help!

We ask that you contact us as soon as you determine you have a dental emergency so we can work you into our appointment schedule. If the emergency occurs after hours, on the weekend, or during the holidays, please call us for Dr. Hanna’s emergency contact number.

Below, we’ve included information on how to handle the most common dental emergencies to help our patients know what they should do in order to handle the problem correctly.

Common Dental Emergencies


Rinse your mouth out with warm water and try flossing around the area to remove any food particles that may be stuck between your teeth. We recommend taking acetaminophen to provide you with temporary relief from the discomfort you feel. However, you should never place an over-the-counter pain medication like aspirin directly on the tooth or gums. To control any facial swelling you may have, place a cold compress on the area. If the pain persists for more than one day, please contact us.

Cut or Bitten Lip, Tongue or Cheek

You can apply a cold pack to any bruised areas. To control bleeding, apply firm, gentle pressure with sterile gauze or a clean cloth. If the bleeding won’t stop with pressure, or if it continues longer than 15 minutes, head to the nearest emergency room.

Broken Tooth

Try to recover any of the broken tooth fragments. Rinse the area with warm water, then apply a cold compress on your face over the area that was injured. Then call us right away for an emergency appointment.

Knocked Out Permanent Tooth

Recover the tooth by holding it by the top (crown) and not the root. You should rinse the tooth off but don’t clean or handle it more than necessary. Try to place the tooth back into the socket, and hold it in place using a piece of gauze or clean cloth. If you cannot reinsert the tooth, put it in a small container with milk or water. Time is of the essence when a tooth is knocked out so contact us right away so you can see Dr. Hanna quickly.

Possible Broken Jaw

Tie the mouth closed with a towel, tie or handkerchief to stabilize the jaw and then immediately seek treatment at the nearest emergency room.

Bleeding After a Primary Tooth Comes Out

Place a folded piece of gauze tightly over the bleeding area and bite down for 15 minutes. If the bleeding persists, call us for further instructions.

Cold or Canker Sores

Over-the-counter canker sore medications can provide you with temporary relief. If the sore doesn’t go away after several days, contact our office.

Tips for Avoiding Dental Emergencies

There are a few things you can do to help you avoid some of the most common dental emergencies including:

  • Never use your teeth to open items or to rip/cut things. Use scissors instead.
  • Avoid chewing on hard candy, popcorn kernels, and ice to avoid damaging your teeth.
  • When playing sports, be sure to wear a protective mouth guard to help keep your mouth, teeth, and gums safe.
  • Brush your teeth after eating to prevent the buildup of cavity-causing bacteria that can cause toothaches.

Contact Your Dentist in Kalamazoo, MI

Dental emergencies should never be ignored so please don’t wait to contact us at (269) 349-3203 if you’re suffering. We will do everything we can to alleviate your symptoms and keep you comfortable and healthy. Please review our website to learn about the many dental services we offer to help our patients keep their teeth and gums healthy! If it’s time for a checkup and professional cleaning for good oral health and a beautiful smile, please request an appointment with Dr. Hanna today! We look forward to seeing your smiling face in our office soon!