Dental Emergency Procedures

Our normal business hours are Monday through Thursday 7:30AM to 4:00PM.

Emergency patients can be seen in a timely fashion. Existing patients (patients of record) who believe that they have a dental emergency should call the office at our main number 215-646-6334. This telephone number is monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  If you should need to use this service, please tell the answering service operator your name, what doctor you primarily see, the nature of the emergency, any allergies to medication and anything else that you deem pertinent.  A return telephone call should take place soon.

Email is not an effective way to contact Pi Dental Center for issues requiring an immediate response.

Common Dental Emergencies


Rinse the mouth vigorously with warm water to clean out debris. Use dental floss to remove any food that might be trapped between the teeth. If swelling is present, place cold compresses on the outside of the cheek.  Do not use heat or place aspirin on the aching tooth or gum tissues.  See the dentist as soon as possible.

Orthodontic Problems (Braces and Retainers)

If a wire is causing irritation, cover the end of wire with a small cotton ball, beeswax or a piece of gauze until you can get to your orthodontist.


If the tooth is dirty, rinse it gently in running water. Do not scrub it.

Gently insert and hold the tooth in its socket.  If it is not possible, place the tooth in a container of milk or cool water.

Go immediately to your dentist (within 30 minutes, if possible). Don’t forget to bring the tooth.

Broken tooth

Gently clean dirt or debris from the injured area with warm water. Place cold compresses on the face, in the area of the injured tooth, to minimize swelling. Go immediately to the dentist.

Bitten Tongue Or Lip

Apply direct pressure to the bleeding area with a clean cloth. If swelling is present, apply a cold compresses. If bleeding does not stop, go to a hospital emergency room.

Objects Wedged Between Teeth

Gentry try to remove the object with dental floss. Guide the floss carefully to avoid cutting the gums.  If not successful in removing the object, go to the dentist. Do not try to remove the object with a sharp or pointed instrument.

Possible Fractured Jaw

Immobilize the jaw by any means (handkerchief, necktie, towel). If swelling is present apply cold compresses. Call your dentist immediately or go to a hospital emergency room.

Serious Emergency

In the event of an emergency involving excessive bleeding, trouble breathing or an allergic reaction to medication, go immediately to the emergency room at your nearest hospital.

Pi Dental Center, Fort Washington, PA