Emergency Dentistry

Emergency DentistryAs your family dentist, Blue Stone Hills Dentistry knows how alarming, and painful, a dental emergency can be. We are committed to all of your dental care from preventative services to emergency dentistry. If you are one of our patients and have a dental emergency during office hours (Monday –Thursday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.), contact our Harrisonburg, VA office to schedule an appointment for treatment. If your emergency occurs after regular business hours, contact our office for instructions on reaching Dr. Curtain.

Handling an Emergency in the Moment

Emergency dentistry is an important part of the dental care standards we uphold for our community, so we have provided you with the following first-aid care tips for a variety of dental emergencies. This way, you can take the best steps to protect your teeth until we see you in our Harrisonburg, VA office for treatment.


ToothacheClean the area around the sore tooth by rinsing with warm salt water to dislodge food that may be trapped between the teeth. If you have facial swelling, you can apply a cold compress to the area to help reduce the pain and swelling. For temporary pain relief, we recommend you take ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Do not place aspirin directly on the aching tooth or gum because it can burn the gum tissue.

Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip, or Cheek

If the injured area is bleeding, gently apply firm pressure with sterile gauze or a clean cloth. If the bleeding does not stop with pressure or continues longer than 15 minutes, head to the nearest emergency room. If you have the bleeding under control, you can apply ice to the area to help reduce swelling and bruising.

Broken Tooth

If you break or crack a tooth, it is important to see your family dentist as soon as possible to repair the tooth, so contact our office immediately. If possible, recover any of the broken tooth fragments. Rinse the affected area with warm water or warm salt water. If there is any bleeding, apply sterile gauze or a clean cloth to the area. You can apply a cold compress over the facial area of the injury to help reduce swelling and pain.

Knocked Out Permanent Tooth

If a permanent tooth is knocked out, time is critical to saving the tooth, so contact our office immediately. Recover the tooth, making sure to hold it by the crown (top) and not the root. Rinse the tooth but do not handle it more than necessary. Try to reinsert the tooth back into the socket, and hold it in place using clean gauze or a cloth. If the tooth cannot be reinserted, place it in a cup of milk (or water, if milk is not available) and bring it with you to our Harrisonburg office.

Broken Jaw

If you injure your jaw and believe it may be broken, immediately go to the nearest emergency room for treatment. You can secure your jaw closed by tying a towel, tie, or handkerchief under your chin to the top of your head. After treatment in the hospital, contact our Harrisonburg office for follow-up dental care.

Baby Tooth Falls Out

Losing a tooth is a milestone for your little one, but it can come with some bleeding. To stop the bleeding, tightly fold a piece of gauze and place it over the bleeding gum area. Have your child bite down on the gauze for 15 minutes until the bleeding stops. If the bleeding continues, please contact our Harrisonburg, VA office for dental treatment.

If your child has not yet been to a family dentist, now is the time to start good dental care. Learn more about the services that Blue Stone Hills Dentistry can provide your family and what goes into a first visit to our office today!.

Cold Sores or Canker Sores

If you suffer from cold sores or canker sores, many good over-the-counter medications will help heal you and provide temporary pain relief. If the sores persist and the pain does not subside, make an appointment with one of our family dentists for treatment.

Full-service Family Dental Care

At Blue Stone Hills Dentistry, we can take care of the dental needs for your entire family. Seeing a family dentist on a regular basis is vital to maintaining good dental health, because prevention is key to helping prevent some dental emergencies. However, we are also here for you when those unexpected dental emergencies happen. Call us today at 540-433-3625 to schedule a visit to our Harrisonburg, VA office!

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