Being caught in a dental emergency is never a fun situation, but it can be helpful to know what to do in some common dental emergency situations until you can see a dentist. Here are 4 different reasons you might need emergency dentistry and what you can do to relieve pain/discomfort in the meantime.
Lost Permanent Tooth
Losing a permanent tooth can be a traumatic experience; should this happen to you, try to locate the lost tooth and place it in a saline solution until you reach your dentist. Do not wash it off, as having any attached tissue intact is key in potentially saving the tooth. Apply gauze to the affected gum area to reduce bleeding.
For a chipped or otherwise broken tooth, try to save as many pieces of the tooth as possible. Rinse out your mouth with warm water, and apply gauze to the affected area if there is any bleeding. A cold compress can also be applied to the area to reduce swelling and pain until you're seen by your emergency dentist.
Severe Tooth Pain
A sudden and severe toothache is another dental emergency that should be handled right away, as it could indicate serious tooth decay, an abscess, or another major problem. In the meantime, relieve pain by taking aspirin and/or applying a toothache gel to the area, but do not forego seeing a dentist.
Lost Crown or Filling
Finally, if you lose a crown or filling, a temporary dental material (which can be purchased at your local pharmacy) can be used as a temporary barrier until you're able to see your emergency dentist. If the tooth is sensitive, take a painkiller and avoid eating or drinking until after your dentist is able to restore the filling or crown.
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