If you are experiencing a dental emergency, stay calm. Everything will be ok. The first thing you need to do is call our office as soon as possible and inform us about what is going on. Then, until you see your dentist, please do the following:
• Knocked-Out Tooth: If you have knocked a permanent tooth out of your mouth, retrieve the tooth, hold it by the crown, and rinse it off with warm water if it’s dirty—do not scrub it. Then, if possible, place the tooth back into its gum socket without forcing it. If you cannot do so, put the tooth in a glass of milk, cup of water with a pinch of table salt, or in a liquid that promotes cell growth. It is very important that you see your dentist within an hour of your tooth falling out of your mouth.
• Chipped or Broken Tooth: If you have chipped or broken your tooth, try to save as many pieces of the tooth as possible. You can rinse the pieces in warm water if they are dirty. To relieve pain and reduce swelling, you can take an over-the-counter pain medication and you can ice the affected area.
• Extruded Tooth: If you have an extruded tooth, there is not much you can do other than see your dentist as soon as possible. If you are in pain, you can take over-the-counter pain medication and you can place a cold compress against the lip or cheek covering the affected tooth.
• Toothache: If you have a toothache, try rinsing your mouth with warm water. Then, floss between each tooth and free any excess food or particles that might be stuck in your smile. If this doesn’t relieve the ache, you might have a decayed tooth. Until you see your dentist, you can take over-the-counter pain medication, but please do not put the medication directly on or around the gums. If you do, your gums can become burned and damaged.
• Lost Filling: If you have lost a filling, you can temporarily solve the problem by putting a sugarless piece of gum inside the cavity of your tooth. For a better alternative, you can fill the hole with over-the-counter dental cement.
• Lost Crown: If your dental crown has fallen off your tooth, keep the crown in a safe place until your appointment. If your tooth is sensitive, you can cover it with clove oil to relieve the pain you feel. If you would like to temporarily solve the problem, you can coat the inside of the crown with toothpaste or over-the-counter dental cement and slip the crown back over the tooth. Please do not use super glue.
If you have any questions about the mentioned guidelines, we ask that you call our office and talk to a member of our team. We are happy to help you get through this dental emergency with ease and success.