Emergency Care

If you experience a dental emergency during office hours, call our main office number 479-452-1738.

If the emergency occurs after hours, call 479-353-3491 and leave a detailed message (your name, which doctor you see, the nature of your emergency and the telephone number where you can be reached) and the doctor on call will be in touch. We share call with two other practices in our building, which means even when Dr. Staton is out of town, you have emergency coverage.

Dental Emergency Procedures

Knocked-Out Tooth

Hold the tooth by the crown, and rinse off the root of the tooth in water if it’s dirty. Do not scrub it or remove any attached tissue fragments. If possible, gently insert and hold the tooth in its socket. If that isn’t possible, put the tooth in a cup of milk and get to the dentist as quickly as possible. Don’t forget to take the tooth with you!

Broken Tooth

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

Bitten Tongue or Lip

Clean the area gently with a cloth, and apply cold compresses to keep swelling down. If bleeding is excessive or doesn’t stop in a short period of time, go to the dentist or a hospital emergency room.

Objects Caught Between Teeth

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


Rinse the mouth with warm water to clean it out. 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.

Possible Broken Jaw

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

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.