Unless you’re Sidney Crosby, you likely haven’t suffered an avulsed (knocked out) tooth. Dental emergencies aren’t something you can plan for, but prompt treatment can alleviate your pain and give you the best chance at saving injured teeth. Some emergencies require immediate treatment, while others should be dealt with as soon as possible.
Details Of Your Visit
Should you have a tooth knocked out, you need to see your Able dentist immediately. If your tooth can be put back into place within an hour, you have a chance of saving it. Once you’ve found the tooth, you should:
- Pick up the tooth by the crown and rinse it under warm water; avoid touching the root.
- Place it back into its socket if possible or tuck it into your cheek; failing that, place the tooth in milk, saliva or water – do not let it dry out.
- Get to your Able dentist immediately.
Lost Filling or Crown
Usually, a crown or filling comes loose while you’re eating, leaving the tooth open to temperature changes and pressure. Make an appointment as soon as possible. Save your crown in a cool place; your Able dentist might be able to reinsert it.
In the meantime:
- Apply clove oil to the tooth to alleviate pain.
- Clean the crown and affix it onto the tooth with dental cement available from your pharmacy; do not use glue to replace the crown.
- If the crown is lost, use dental cement on the top of the tooth to ease discomfort.
Cracked or Broken Teeth
Some factures are fairly painless. However, should the crack extend into the root, pain can be extreme. If a piece of tooth breaks off, call your Able dentist and:
- Rinse the fragment and your mouth with lukewarm water.
- Apply gauze for 10 minutes to any bleeding.
- Place a cold, damp towel on your cheek to minimize swelling and pain.
- Cover the area with dental cement if there is no way to see the dentist immediately.
- Take a pain reliever.
For 24-hour emergency care, contact Able Dental Group through our toll-free line at 1-800-552-8053 or click here to find a location closest to you.