Of course, it’s recommended that you be diligent about your oral health care routine – brushing twice a day, flossing daily, seeing your dentist regularly, and avoiding foods that can be damaging to the teeth. The bad news is, maintaining your oral health cannot prevent dental emergencies. And, because emergencies don’t follow a schedule, they often happen outside of regular business hours. Fortunately, there are things you can do in these events to minimize the damage done. What you do in the case of a dental emergency can be the difference between losing and saving a tooth.
Contact your dentist immediately. Never touch the root of the tooth. Handle it only by the crown and rinse it off carefully in water. Do not scrub it or you may accidentally remove any tissue fragments that might be attached. Try to put it back into the socket, but if this is not possible, keep the tooth in a cup of milk to keep it moist and to protect the root until you can get to the dentist.
Rinse out your mouth with warm water to clean the affected area. To help reduce swelling and discomfort, apply a cold compress on and off for 20 minutes.
Retain the filling or crown and keep it clean. Contact your dentist immediately and avoid using the area of the mouth where the filling or crown was.
A toothache could result from a variety of dental issues, such as a lost filling, a decayed, broken or cracked tooth, or advanced periodontal disease. If a toothache is accompanied by a bump on the gums, the tooth could be abscessed. Whatever the cause, it is important that severe tooth pain is examined as soon as possible. In the meantime, pain can be relieved with ice packs and/or pain relievers.
Even if you know that is it outside of our business hours, always call our office first to check whether we can see you on short notice, or to receive instructions on where else you can go for assistance.