Unfortunately in our busy day-to-day lives unforseen dental emergencies can happen. In the case of an emergency, be sure to call us immediately to get into the clinic as soon as possible.
Read more to find out what to do in the case of different dental emergencies.
Broken or Knocked Out Tooth
If your entire tooth has been knocked out, attempt to place the tooth back in its socket until you can see a dentist (which should be done as soon as possible). If the tooth won’t stay in its socket, you can preserve it by placing it in a small container with either your own saliva or cool milk. Make sure you don’t touch the root of the tooth, since this part is very delicate. A damaged tooth root my not reattach to its socket.
If your tooth has partially broken off, keep the fragment in a small container (if possible). Do not use the damaged side of your mouth to chew, and try to gently brush away any debris in the area. Call us for emergency dental care as soon as possible for the best chance to reattach the tooth fragment.
Lost Crown or Filling
Store the lost crown or filling in a small container if possible. While you wait for emergency dental care, you may use a piece of sugar free gum as a temporary protective layer over the damaged tooth. Call us to see your dentist right away, as your tooth is very susceptible to further damage the longer you wait to reattach the crown or filling.
Pain and/or Swelling
If you’re experiencing pain or swelling, a cold pack (or a bag of frozen veggies) wrapped in a dish towel and placed against your cheek will help. Call us to be seen as soon as possible, as pain or swelling can be a symptom of a more serious issue.
If you think you may be experiencing a dental emergency, give us a call.