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We don’t plan for dental emergencies, they just happen, and most likely you will need to see a dental professional to get it fixed.
Whether it’s playing a sport or eating your favorite food, dental emergencies can turn into serious dental issues if they are not corrected immediately. This is why visiting your dentist as soon as it happens is critical in order to maintain your dental health and prevent further damage.
Here’s the most common dental emergencies that you may find yourself in and what to do in case it happens.
Filling or Crown Falls Off
One of the most common dental emergencies is having a filling or dental crown falling off. There can be many reasons why it falls off ranging from eating or chewing hard foods, grinding your teeth, or new decay on the tooth itself. If your filling or crown falls off, it’s important to get it replaced as soon as possible. While waiting for your emergency dental appointment, you should follow the below:
- If you’re in pain, take over the counter pain medication to minimize the discomfort. Also use an ice pack to help reduce swelling if there is any.
- Keep the filling or crown and bring it to your appointment so the dentist can determine if it can be reused or recemented onto your tooth.
- Wash your mouth with a salt water solution to clean the area and remove any food particles that may be in or around the tooth.
- If you cannot see a dentist immediately, make sure to keep up with your oral hygiene and brush gently around the tooth where the filling or crown fell out
- Do NOT chew food on the area where the filling or crown fell out
Cracked or Broken Tooth
Cracking or breaking a tooth is a very common incident that can cause a lot of pain and discomfort, so knowing how to handle this dental emergency is important in order to maintain your tooth health. If you crack or break a tooth, call your dentist right away and get an emergency appointment, especially if you are in pain. Until then, here’s what you can do before visiting the dentist:
- Rinse your mouth with warm water
- Use an ice pack to help reduce pain or swelling
- Take over the counter pain medication to minimize discomfort
- If you still have the piece of broken tooth, wrap it in wet gauze and bring it to the dentist with you
Depending on the severity of the crack or break, your dentist will be able to offer a few solutions to fix your teeth, such as reattaching the broken piece, bonding or placing a crown.
Knocked Out Tooth
Knocking out your tooth can be a scary situation, so being prepared for it can ensure that you keep the tooth alive and in good condition. If you’ve knocked out your tooth, it is extremely important to get an immediate emergency dental appointment within 30-60 minutes, so the dentist can try to reattach it in its socket. Here’s what to do if you’ve accidently knocked out your tooth:
- Do NOT touch or handle the root of the tooth
- Gently pick up the tooth and rinse under water to remove any debris
- Place the tooth in a glass of milk or alternatively place the tooth inside your cheek to keep it moist. Do NOT scrub or dry the tooth or place it in a tissue or cloth
- Do NOT try and place the tooth back in its socket as this may cause further damage to the area
Seeing your dentist as soon as possible should be your primary concern, in order for them to assess the damage and try to save the natural tooth.
Painful or Infected Tooth
If your mouth or jaw is hurting, you’re experiencing pain when you eat, or your gums are noticeably swollen, you may have a tooth infection or an abscessed tooth. An infected tooth needs to be treated immediately, most likely with a root canal treatment. The only way to treat this dental emergency is to book an immediate appointment and have the dentist examine the tooth Do not try to treat the infection yourself with over the counter medication as it will not correct the pain or infection.
Traumatic Dental Injuries
Accidents and injuries can happen to anyone, and although traumatic dental injuries are less common, they can result from a car accident to a sports injury. The type of treatment will depend on the type of injury, the location in the mouth and the severity. It’s also possible that your neighboring teeth could be affected, which is why getting an emergency dental appointment after a sports injury or accident is critical. If you’ve been in an accident and hurt your jaw, you should do the following:
- Use an ice pack to help reduce swelling if there is any
- If you’re in pain, take over the counter pain medication to minimize the discomfort
- Do NOT eat any solid foods until you are cleared by a dentist
- Wear a mouthguard while you are playing sports
At Dr. Joy Dental Clinic, we are here to help you with your dental emergency. If you’ve had an accident or need emergency care, please Contact Us on 800-DRJOY (37569) at any time to see one of our Specialists.