You never know when a dental crisis will strike. Even patients who practice good oral hygiene may find themselves in a dental emergency without warning. If something happens to your teeth, keep calm and follow these instructions for the most common dental emergencies.
An Adult Tooth Falls Out
There are multiple reasons why an adult tooth falls out, ranging from trauma to the tooth to extensive decay. When your adult tooth falls out, take these steps to secure it:
- Only touch the crown to reduce damage to the root of the tooth.
- Do not wash the tooth with soap; try to rinse it off with saliva or milk instead.
- Store the tooth in the empty gap if possible. If not, store it in milk.
- Get to the dentist! You only have about one hour to successfully reimplant a tooth.
There’s no guarantee that your tooth will be reattached, but if you follow these steps, we can work to come up with a solution for your smile.
A Crown Breaks or Falls Out
It’s fairly common for crowns to fall out (either through decay or trauma), but the sight of a gap in your mouth can be unsettling. Whatever you do, do not super glue your crown back in!
If your crown falls out, check to see what it looks like inside. If part of your tooth fell out with it, then you need to see your dentist before you can replace it. If the crown is hollow, your dentist may approve the use of temporary crown glue found in pharmacies.
Broken dentures can limit what you can eat, and even if you can eat at all. The type of break determines whether we can fix your dentures on-site or if we need to send them to be repaired. The good news is that this could be an opportunity to be refitted for a new set.
There’s Trauma From an Accident
If a tooth is knocked out, pushed out of position, or fractured, schedule a dentist appointment as soon as possible. If the tooth is knocked out of position, try to gently put it back in place, and bite down very gently. If it doesn’t move, don’t force it. You should also seek help if your teeth are still in place but you have a severe toothache, as you could have underlying trauma. The sooner you seek help from a dental emergency the better.
An Abscessed Tooth Develops
An abscess is an infection in or around the root of the tooth. There are a few things you can do to reduce your pain:
- Avoid acidic or sugary foods, along with hot or cold foods
- Floss between the affected area
- Rinse with salt water
- Sleep with your head elevated
While these steps will prevent pain in the short run, you still need to seek dental care to restore the health of your teeth.