Emergency Information

For dental emergencies in or near Newark, Delaware, call Barksdale Dental. We can often schedule an immediate appointment or refer you to the emergency room for severe injuries. During office hours (Monday – Thursday, 8:00 am – 5:30 pm) call Barksdale Dental at (302) 731-4907. After hours, please call (302) 731-4907 and listen to the prompts for further instructions.

Knocked-out tooth

If you have lost a permanent adult tooth, attempt to reinsert the tooth into the socket. . Prior to reinserting the tooth rinse off with water, but do not wipe the tooth prior to reinserting. If you are unable to, keep the tooth moist in a small container of milk, salted water, or tooth preservative (such as “Save-a-tooth”). See your dentist as soon as possible for the best chance of having the tooth returned to its socket.

Chipped or Broken Tooth

For chipped or broken teeth, keep any pieces of the tooth and rinse your mouth with warm water. Use a cold compress to reduce any swelling.


If you are experiencing a toothache, rinse your mouth with warm water and floss around the affected teeth to dislodge any stuck food. Use a cold compress on your cheek to help alleviate pain and swelling and use over-the-counter pain reliever.

Lost Filling

A lost filling can be especially painful if the nerve is exposed. Keep the area covered with sugarless gum or dental cement available at your local pharmacy. See your dentist as soon as possible.

Lost Crown

For a lost or loose crown, attempt to replace the crown. Apply a small amount of dental cement, toothpaste or denture adhesive inside the crown to help hold it in place. See your dentist as soon as possible. Prevent injuries from sports or other activities by using a custom-fitted mouthguard.