Whether you’ve knocked out a tooth or broken a dental restoration, it is important that you see your dentist right away to remedy the issue. Otherwise, you may be at risk of further damage that might require expensive dental work. At Anew Dental & Orthodontics, we’ll give you the immediate treatment you need to repair your teeth and bring you back to good oral health.
Are you experiencing any of the following dental emergencies? If so, contact our offices immediately!
- Broken or lost teeth
- Broken fillings or dental restorations
- Pain in teeth, jaw, or gums
- Swollen gums or mouth
How to Handle Your Dental Emergency
Correctly managing your dental emergency could mean the difference between salvaging your natural tooth or needing to replace it completely. Therefore, if you’re experiencing any of the following emergency scenarios, be sure to adhere to these instructions in order to save your teeth!
When your tooth has been knocked out, it is important to act quickly. Locate the tooth if possible, and pick it up by the crown (the white part of the tooth that is typically visible when you smile). If your tooth is dirty, you can gently rinse it under warm water, but do not scrub it as this could damage your tooth. If possible, place the tooth back into its original place in your gums. You can also store it in a bag of milk or saliva, but do not store it in water. Then, immediately call our offices to have your tooth restored. If you have the missing tooth addressed within an hour of the incident, there is a chance the tooth can be fixed.
Lost Filling or Crown
You will need to call our offices straight away after losing a crown or filling. Do not attempt to put the device back in place yourself, and you should especially avoid using glue or any temporary adhesives to restore it. If you experience any pain while waiting for your appointment, try taking an over-the-counter pain medication.
There are a number of potential causes for dental pain. The first thing you will want to do is floss or swish warm water in your mouth—this will allow you to dislodge any food particles that could be causing the issue. Then, if this doesn’t work, check your teeth and gums for damage or swelling. You should call our offices to schedule an appointment to have the problem addressed at this time. In the meantime, holding a cold compress to your cheek will help to alleviate the pain while you wait for your appointment.
If you believe you have an abscess, call our offices immediately. This is a serious condition that could possibly lead to infection that spreads throughout the body. To manage the pain before your appointment, try a salt water rinse.
Do you need help with a dental emergency? Anew Dental & Orthodontics can help. Call our offices immediately to plan your visit and remedy your oral health issue.