What to do in Case of a Dental Emergency

One thing that can really ruin a good holiday party is a Dental Emergency. You may think that chipped tooth or lost filling will be okay until the New Year, but your dentist disagrees.

Dental Emergencies include everything from a broken or lost crown to a knocked out tooth. The later could be extremely serious if you do not call your dentist right away.

According to Web MD, you can do some things for a knocked out tooth before you make your way to the dentist’s office.

If possible, retrieve your tooth. Hold your tooth by the crown, the top of the tooth that is exposed, not the roots, and carefully rinse if your tooth is dirty. Be careful not to scrub or remove any of the attached tissue fragments. You can try to place the tooth back into its space, just make sure that it is facing the correct way. Never try to force a knocked out tooth back into the socket. If you are unable to place the tooth back in the socket, place it in water with a pinch of salt or plain milk. You can also purchase Save-a-Tooth, which is an over the counter cell growth product. By seeing your dentist as quickly as possible, there is a very good chance that your dentist can save your tooth.

If you have a tooth that has become partially dislodged or is extruding, call your dentist immediately. Relieve the pain with a cold compress applied to the cheek and outside of the mouth in order to take care of the swelling and pain. You can also take an over-the-counter pain reliever such as Advil or Tylenol.

Dental Restorations will not last forever, and if preventive dentistry is not practiced, could cause an unnecessary Dental Emergency. During your dental checkup, your dentist will check your fillings for cracks, chips, and breaks and make sure that your dental crowns, veneers, dental bridges, dental implants and any other dental restorations that you may have are in good shape.

If you have a Dental Emergency, call your dentist immediately, otherwise, schedule an appointment in the New Year for a preventive dental checkup.