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Dental Emergency: What You Need to Know

Dental emergencies can be scary and traumatic experiences, but if you stay calm, follow the following guidelines, and call our office as soon as possible, you can get through the emergency with success:

Knocked-out Tooth: If you have had an accident where your tooth has been knocked out of your mouth, stay calm. Retrieve your tooth, hold it by the crown, and wash it with warm water—do not scrub it. If you can, place the tooth back into your gum socket without forcing it. Make sure you put the tooth back into place with it facing the right way. If you cannot do so, you can put the tooth in a cup of milk or 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.

Chipped or Broken Tooth: If you have chipped or broken your tooth, try and save as many pieces as possible. You can wash the pieces with warm water if they are dirty. To stop any bleeding, you can cover the area with a gauze pad or cloth. To reduce swelling, place an ice pack outside the affected area.

Toothache: If you are suffering from an excruciating toothache, try relieving the pain by rinsing your mouth with warm water. After rinsing your mouth, floss between each tooth and free any food particles that are stuck. If this does not eliminate the toothache, you might have a decayed tooth. Until you see your dentist, you can take over-the-counter pain medication. Do not put the medication directly on or around the gums that surround the area of discomfort. If you do, the gums can burn and become damaged.

Extruded Tooth: The only thing you can do if you have an extruded tooth is see the dentist as soon as possible. Until then, you can ice the area to reduce swelling and take over-the-counter pain medication to relieve pain.

Lost Crown: If your crown has fallen off your tooth, please retrieve it and bring it into the office with you. As a temporary measure, you can paint the inside of the crown with over-the-counter dental cement or toothpaste and you can slip the crown back over your tooth. If your tooth is sensitive or if it’s causing you discomfort, you can relieve the pain by putting clove oil over the tooth before you place the crown back over it.

Lost Filling: If you have lost a filling, you can fill the hole of your tooth with over-the-counter dental cement or with sugarless gum.

If you have any questions or if you need additional help, please feel free to call our office. We are happy to help you in every way we can!