Dental Emergencies

Prompt Emergency Dental Treatment in Mill Valley

Emergency and After Office Hours:

Dental emergencies are never convenient or timely. However, our office is committed to our patients' dental health no matter the time of day or night. If you are a current patient and have a dental emergency after regular office hours, please call us at (415) 388-6100. If you are not a current patient but you were referred by one of our patients, call us as well. If you found us on this website please call the Marin County Dental Society at (415) 472-7974 to find the appropriate dentist on call.

Knocked-Out Tooth

  • Hold the tooth by the crown and, if it is dirty, gently rinse the root of it in water. Do not scrub it or remove any attached tissue fragments. If possible, gently reinsert and hold the tooth in its socket. If this is not possible, place the tooth in a cup of milk or inside the patient's cheek. There are emergency tooth preservation products available. However, the sooner you can take these actions the better, because they will help keep the small attachment fibers on the root of the tooth alive. Look for an emergency tooth preservation product with the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance. Get to the dentist as quickly as possible, preferably within an hour. Don't forget to bring the tooth with you.

Broken tooth

  • Rinse the mouth with warm water to keep the area clean. Place cold compresses on the face to reduce swelling. Go to the dentist immediately.

Possible Broken Jaw

  • Apply cold compresses to control swelling. Go to your dentist or a hospital emergency room immediately.

Objects Caught Between Teeth

  • Gently try to remove the object with dental floss. If you are not successful, go to the dentist.  Do not try to remove the object with a sharp or pointed instrument.


  • Clean the mouth by rinsing it with warm water. Use dental floss to remove any food that may be trapped between the teeth. Do not put aspirin on the aching tooth or gum tissues. See your dentist as soon as possible.

Bitten Tongue or Lip

  • Clean the area gently with a cloth and use cold compresses to keep the swelling down. If the bleeding is excessive or does not stop within a short period of time, go to the dentist or a hospital emergency room. 

Contact Us

We encourage you to contact us with any questions or comments you may have. Please call our office or use the quick contact form below.

We encourage you to contact us with any questions or comments you may have.

(415) 388-6100

10 Willow Street, Suite 6
     Mill Valley, CA 94941