Our dentist and dental team at Rudolph Family Dentistry understand that you can’t schedule a dental emergency! If a dental emergency occurs, we urge you to meet with Drs. Ellen Rudolph Jarvis and William I. Rudolph as soon as possible. There are a few simple steps you can take in the meantime to reduce pain and discomfort and to prepare for your dental visit. If you have any questions about dental emergency care in Columbus, Indiana, please call us. Our dental team is friendly and knowledgeable, and we are always willing to help you however we can.

Begin by cleaning around the sore tooth meticulously. Using warm salt water, rinse the mouth to displace any food trapped between teeth. Under no circumstances should you use aspirin on the aching tooth or on the gum. In the event of facial swelling, apply a cold compress to the area. For temporary pain relief, acetaminophen is recommended. Please contact us for a appointment if the pain persists more than a day.

Cut of Bitten Tongue, Lip, or Cheek
Ice can be applied to any bruised areas. For bleeding, apply firm but gentle pressure with sterile gauze or a clean cloth. If the bleeding does not stop with pressure or continues after 15 minutes, go to an emergency room.

Broken Tooth
Rinse the area with warm water. Put a cold compress over facial area of the injury. Recover any broken tooth fragments and seek immediate dental attention.

Knocked-Out Permanent Tooth
Recover the tooth, making sure to hold it by the crown (top) and not the root. Rinse the tooth, but do not clean or handle it more than necessary. Reinsert the tooth in the socket and hold it in place using a clean piece of gauze or cloth. If the tooth cannot be reinserted, carry it in a cup containing milk or water. As time is essential, see a dentist immediately.

Possible Broken Jaw
In the event of a jaw injury, tie the mouth closed with a towel, tie, or handkerchief. Go to an emergency room immediately.

Bleeding After a Baby Tooth Falls Out
Fold a piece of gauze and place it tightly over the bleeding area. Bite down on the gauze for 15 minutes. If bleeding continues, see a dentist.

Cold or Canker Sores
Over-the-counter medications will usually provide temporary relief. If sores persist, visit your dentist.