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What to do in a Dental Emergency

If you are suffering from a dental emergency, you should seek help as soon as possible. The following is a list of common dental emergencies and instructions as to what you should do if you are unable to receive treatment immediately.

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Clean any irritating debris from your mouth by rinsing with warm water; if possible, floss gently to remove any particles from between teeth. A cold compress on the cheek and ibuprofen may also help relieve pain. If your toothache is so severe that you are unable to sleep or bite down, or if over-the-counter medications are not helping to reduce pain, you should seek immediate treatment.

Broken Teeth or Partially Dislodged Teeth

Rinse gently and recover any pieces you can. Stop any bleeding by holding clean gauze to the source of bleeding. If there is pain or swelling, apply a cold compress outside the mouth. Seek immediate treatment.

Dislodged Teeth

Seek immediate treatment! Your tooth may be saved if the dentist can replace it in the socket within an hour.

If the tooth has fallen out of your mouth, hold the tooth by the top, rinse it gently and try to place it back into the socket (don’t push). If it doesn’t slip back into place, fill a small pillbox or other clean container with a little milk or lightly salted water, put the tooth in it and take it with you to the dentist.

Dislodged Crown

Call your dentist and seek immediate treatment. Put the dislodged crown in a small plastic bag and take it with you to the dentist. If you are in pain, stop at the pharmacy and pick up a little clove oil (available in the dental aisle under many brand names). Dab a little of the oil on the tooth for pain relief.

Loose or Lost Fillings

A small wad of sugar-free gum can be placed in the open cavity until you get to the dentist. Make sure the gum is sugar-free; any other kind will cause pain.

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