Your emergency dentist in Zurich

In case of emergencies during office hours, call us anytime. We offer same-day emergency appointments.

Outside of opening hours, call the SSO-Zurich emergency service: Tel. 0800 33 66 55

How to act

Dental trauma

1. Don’t panic! Take a deep breath and keep calm.

If the injured persons shows the following signs after trauma:

  • Unconsciousness or amnesia
  • Sees double images
  • Vomiting or nausea
  • Open fractures

Seek medical attention immediately!

2. If the injured person bleeds from the mouth, stanch the bleeding with a tissue or compress and inspect the oral cavity.

  • Remove loose or avulsed teeth from the mouth.

DANGER: Loose or broken teeth can be inhaled or swallowed.

Search for missing or broken teeth at the site of the accident.

Never touch teeth at the root, only at the crown. Don’t clean or disinfect dirty tooth surfaces.

3. Put tooth or tooth fragment into a tooth rescue box. If you can’t find one, put the tooth into cold UHT-milk or wrap it in cellophane.

You can find tooth rescue boxes in schools, sports centres or pharmacies.

4.Cool the injury and keep stanching the bleeding on the way to the dentist. See a dentist immediately!

  • Avoid:
    • Physical strain, excercise, sunbathing or going to the sauna
    • Alcohol, coffein and nicotine!
    • Very hot or very cold drinks and food
  • Keep your head upright, keep your upper body in an elevated position.
  • Cool the area with a cold compress (Avoid direct contact of ice on skin to prevent ice burn).
  • Over the counter medication may be taken temporarily. Avoid Aspirin (acetylsalicylic
    acid) because of its blood-thinning effect. Don’t take painkillers directly before going to the dentist!
  • If the swelling includes the area around the eye and the inner corner of the eye is sensitive to the touch…
  • If you have a high fever, trouble swallowing or difficulty breathing in addition to swelling…
  • If you can’t open your mouth because of the swelling…


Immediately contact a hospital or oral surgeon.

  • Maintain good oral hygiene and thorough interdental cleaning. Remove any dental prosthesis, aligner or other from your mouth.
  • Rinse with chlorhexidine or a camomile or sage solution.
  • Avoid spicy and sour food.
  • Leave the gauze in place and don’t rinse with water or other rinsing solutions. Do not remove the blood clot!
  • Bite down on clean gauze or a rolled-up handkerchief. Try to keep the pressure on the wound as constant as possible. Don’t open your mouth to check on the bleeding!
  • Keep your head upright, keep your upper body in an elevated position.
  • Cool the operating area with cold compresses (Avoid direct contact of ice on skin to prevent ice burn).
  • If the bleeding does not stop after 30 minutes in spite of the measures described above, call us or contact a dental emergency service.