A dental emergency can happen at any moment. A slip on an icy patch, a slip of a baseball, or even biting down on an unseen pit can all cause dental issues. While it is difficult to predict when an emergency will occur, we can come up with a plan for the most commonly occurring emergencies. Always remember that getting to your emergency dentist is a priority and our tips are meant for short-term assistance only.
When a tooth is knocked out, it is crucial to act quickly. If the tooth that is knocked out becomes dirty, be sure to only hold the tooth by its cap and clean the roots with warm water only. Try to reinsert the tooth into the socket if there is no pain. If it cannot be reinserted, keep it tucked between the gum and lip to help keep the tooth in an environment that can keep it viable.
When a filling or crown comes out, it is crucial to clean the area in order to prevent a possible infection. Warm water and salt is a great way to remove debris and sanitize the area. Be sure to keep the crown and, if possible, use dental cement to temporarily keep the crown in place to prevent the other teeth from spreading. Do not use glue of any type!
Clean the area by rinsing with warm water. Debris getting to the crack can create an infection if left untreated. If there is bleeding, apply gauze to the area and use a cold and damp dishtowel to keep swelling down. An over the counter topical pain reliever can help decrease the pain before you can get to your dentist.