If you are experiencing a dental emergency, please stay calm, call our office as soon as possible, and do the following things:
• For a knocked-out tooth: If you have knocked a tooth out of your mouth, please retrieve the tooth, hold it by the crown, and wash it off with warm water if it’s dirty. If possible, place the tooth back into the gum socket without forcing it. If you are not able to do so, put the tooth in a small carton of milk or in a cup of water with a pinch of table salt. It is very important that you see your dentist or dental professional within an hour of your tooth falling out of your mouth.
• For a partially dislodged tooth: If you have a partially dislodged, also known as extruded, tooth, there is not much you can do other than see your dentist as soon as possible. To relieve pain, you can take over-the-counter pain medication. To reduce swelling, you can ice the area with an ice pack or cold compress.
• For a lost filling: If you have lost a filling, you can place a sugarless piece of gum or over-the-counter dental cement in the hole of your tooth until you see your dentist.
• For a lost crown: If you have lost your dental crown and your tooth is bothering you, you can place clove oil over the tooth to relieve the pain. If you still have the crown, you can paint its insides with toothpaste or over-the-counter dental cement and you can slide the crown back over your tooth as a temporary measure. Please do not use super glue.
• For a toothache: If you have a toothache, you can try to solve the problem by rinsing your mouth with warm water and flossing between each tooth. If this doesn’t help, you might have a decayed tooth. Until you see your dentist, you can dull the pain with over-the-counter pain medication.
• For a chipped or broken tooth: If you have chipped or broken your tooth, try and save as many pieces as possible. If they are dirty, you can rinse and wash them with warm water. To stop any bleeding, you can cover the area with a gauze pad or an absorbent cloth. To reduce any swelling, you can ice the area with an ice pack or with a cold compress.
To talk to a professional about dental emergencies and what you need to do, call our office today. We are happy to help you successfully get through your dental emergency!