Something unexpected can happen at any time, and if a dental emergency happens to you, it’s important to call the dentist immediately. Here are some of the most common dental emergencies and the best ways to handle them:
Broken or Chipped Tooth: It is vital to stay calm if you have broken or chipped a tooth. Call the dentist immediately if this happens, and while you’re waiting, rinse out your mouth with warm water and try to save any broken pieces of tooth. You can use a piece of gauze and gently apply pressure to stop any bleeding if it occurs. Use a cold compress for swelling.
Toothache: If you have a toothache that is either reoccurring or doesn’t seem to go away, call the dentist immediately. If you’re in severe pain, you can do a few things while you’re waiting for your appointment. You should rinse with warm water to help dislodge any food caught in your teeth that might be contributing to the toothache. If you experience swelling, use a cold compress on the outside of your cheek or mouth.
Crown Dislodged or Lost: If one of your crowns has come off completely, call us immediately to have the crown replaced and cemented. In the meantime, rinse with warm salt water to wash away dirt and debris. If available, use denture adhesive to temporarily reattach the crown. Do not use superglue or any household adhesives.
Abscessed tooth: An abscessed tooth is an infection of the root of a tooth or between the gum and a tooth. Abscesses occur most often as a result of severe tooth decay or broken or chipped teeth. Left untreated, the infection can spread to the rest of your body, causing severe illness. This is one reason it is important to make an appointment as soon as you get the idea you might have an abscess.
If you experience any of these or other dental emergencies, call us right away.