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Milwaukee, WI 53203
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South Milwaukee, WI 53172
Dental emergencies are sometimes unavoidable. Although we do our best to prepare patients for any upcoming dental needs, accidents do happen. Dr. Costello tries to reserve space in his daily schedule for emergency appointments, but the best way to avoid a dental emergency is to complete any recommended work on a timely basis. The following sections explain how to best care for emergency dental problems, and offer advice on what to do if you find yourself in that situation.

Bitten lip, cheek or tongue

Gently clean the area with a cloth and apply cold compresses to help reduce swelling. If bleeding does not stop, seek help at an urgent care center or the emergency room.

Broken or cracked tooth
Rinse your mouth with warm water to clean the affected area. Apply cold compresses to keep swelling down and call the dentist immediately.

Potentially broken jaw
Apply cold compresses to reduce swelling and seek help at the emergency room immediately.

Knocked out tooth

Hold the tooth by the crown and rinse the root of the tooth with water if it is dirty. Do not scrub the tooth or remove any attached tissue fragments. If possible, gently insert and hold the tooth in its socket. If that is not an option, put the tooth in a cup of milk and get to the dentist as quickly as possible. Remember to bring the tooth along to the dentist!

Object caught between teeth
Brush and floss the teeth to try and remove the object, being careful not to cut the gums. Do not use sharp metal objects to remove the object as this could create a bigger problem. If unable to remove the object, call the dental office.


Brush and floss all teeth to ensure that no object is caught under the gums and causing the discomfort. Rinse mouth with warm water, and refrain from putting aspirin or painkillers directly against the gum as they could burn the mouth. If pain persists, call the dentist.

Remember, we are always here to help. When experiencing discomfort or sensitivity, it is always better to get it checked out early. Addressing problems as they arise could save you time, money and further treatment.