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How to Handle the Most Common Dental Emergencies

You hope your teeth will stay strong and intact, but dental emergencies happen. Whether you’re dealing with a cracked tooth, a lost crown, a painful abscess, or a loose adult tooth, Kari Blankenship, DDS and the team at Dental Renaissance are ready to take action to preserve your dental health in case of an emergency.

Taking the right steps before you make it to the dental chair can make a big difference in your eventual treatment outcome, no matter what sort of dental emergency you’re dealing with. Here’s what we want our patients to know about how to handle common dental emergencies:

What to do for a lost crown or filling

Sometimes a crown or filling can become loose or dislodged, due to normal wear and tear or underlying tooth decay. The best way to protect your teeth from further decay if you have a lost or loosened crown or filling is to make a dental appointment for professional treatment as soon as possible.

In the interim, use over-the-counter temporary filling material or a piece of sugarless gum to cover the exposed area of your affected tooth. This will prevent too much pain and sensitivity. You can also use over-the-counter medications for temporary pain relief.

If you have a severe toothache or abscess

Longstanding dental decay can leave you experiencing sudden, throbbing toothaches. This pain might also indicate an abscess, an area of deep infection at your tooth root, or in your surrounding gum tissue. It’s important to get an abscess treated promptly, in order to get the infection under control before it leads to larger health problems.

While you wait for your dental appointment, try gently rinsing your mouth and the affected area with warm water to remove any potential irritants or debris. Gently flossing may also give you some relief. Taking an over-the-counter pain reliever like ibuprofen will keep swelling and discomfort to a minimum. Aspirin can cause you to bleed excessively during dental care, so avoid that option if possible.

How to handle a chipped or cracked tooth

Use warm water to soothe a tooth with a chip, hairline crack, or deeper-looking break. You can store any missing fragments in a clean container with a small amount of milk or your own saliva. This will make it more likely that it can be reattached to your tooth when you make it into the dentist for emergency care.

Avoid chewing on the affected side of your mouth until you can make it to the dentist, and use over-the-counter pain medications like ibuprofen, or self-care treatments like icing, to manage pain.

What to do with a knocked-out tooth

Accidents can result in one of your adult teeth getting completely or partially knocked out of place. If one of your teeth has been completely knocked out of your mouth, it’s important to keep the tooth moist.

Rinse your lost tooth with warm water and gently place it back into its socket, or simply hold it in your mouth, between your cheek and gums. Don’t push it down too hard, as you could cause damage to your oral tissues. You can also place your lost tooth in a clean container of milk or water until you come to the office.

For emergency and as-needed dental care you can trust, contact the experts at Dental Renaissance. Give us a call now, or use our easy online tool to book your same-day appointment.

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