Dental Emergency

At Rudolph Family Dentistry, we understand dental emergency don’t arrive on a schedule. If an emergency does occur, meet with Dr. Ellen Rudolph Jarvis and Dr. William I. Rudolph as soon as you can. Before you meet, there are some things you can do to reduce pain to prepare for your dental with our dentists in Columbus, Indiana.

If you’re experiencing a dental emergency or simply have questions, please call us. Our dedicated team is willing to help you in whatever ways possible.

Emergency Information


First meticulously clean around the sore tooth, and then rinse your mouth with warm salt water to dislodge food between your teeth. Do not use aspirin to reduce your tooth or gum pain. If your face begins to swell, compress the area with something cold. If you must take something to relieve the pain, we recommend acetaminophen. If the pain continues for more than a day, contact Rudolph Family Dentistry set up an appointment.

Broken Tooth

First rinse your mouth with warm water. Next, place a cold compress over area of your face by the broken tooth. Also, collect broken tooth fragments and call or visit Rudolph Family Dentistry for immediate dental attention.

Knocked-Out Permanent Tooth

Recover the knocked-out tooth, holding it by the top, not the root. Briefly and gently rinse it, but do not handle it more than necessary. Then reinsert the tooth in the socket and hold it there with a sterile piece of gauze or clean cloth. If you can’t reinsert the tooth, carry it in milk or water. Time is essential, so see a dentist right away.

Excessive Bleeding After Baby Tooth Falls Out

Place a piece of sterile gauze over the bleeding area and have your child bite down on it for 15 minutes. If bleeding does not stop, see a dentist.

Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip, or Cheek

Apply ice to any bruised area. If your tongue, lip, or check is bleeding, gently and firmly press the injury with sterile gauze or a clean cloth. If the pressure does not stop the bleeding after 15 minutes, go to an emergency room.

Cold Sores and Canker Sores

Over-the-counter medications from your local pharmacy usually provide relief. If sores continue, visit your dentist.

Injured Jaw

Tie a towel, tie, or handkerchief around your closed mouth and visit the emergency room at once.

Additional Dental Resources

Our team does its best to inform our patients about our treatments, but sometimes they want more information. Below you’ll find a list of helpful resources to assist you in learning more about dentistry. If you have questions to which you cannot find an answer, our dentists Dr. Ellen Rudolph Jarvis and Dr. William I. Rudolph at Rudolph Family Dentistry in Columbus, Indiana, are always happy to help. Call or visit our dental office today to set up an appointment.

Indiana Dental Association

The mission of the Indiana Dental Association “is to support dentists, to promote professionalism, and to improve oral health in the state of Indiana.”

American Dental Association

The American Dental Association’s vision “is to be the recognized leader on oral health with its mission to help all members succeed.”

Academy of General Dentistry

The mission of the Academy of General Dentistry is to “advance general dentistry and oral health through quality continuing education and advocacy.”

American Diabetes Association

The mission of the American Diabetes Association is to “prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.”

American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry

The mission of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry® is to advance excellence in the art and science of comprehensive cosmetic dentistry and encourage the highest standards of ethical conduct and responsible patient care.

American Heart Association

Building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.