If you require emergency dental care, get in touch with our office right away. We will try our best to see you as quickly as possible so that the appropriate treatment can be given.
But there are also some first-aid steps that you can do on your own while waiting for your appointment. Consider the following:
- Knocked out tooth If you are able to locate the missing tooth, pick it up but be careful not to touch its root. Pick it up by the crown and then rinse it. If possible, try to carefully put back the tooth in its socket. If this is not possible, put the tooth in a clean container filled with water or milk. Bring the tooth with you on your appointment.
- Loosened tooth If the tooth is out of alignment, check to see if you can realign it temporarily and then keep it there. The dentist will most likely keep the tooth in place by splinting it to the adjacent teeth.
- Cracked or fractured tooth Schedule an appointment at the soonest possible time as this is vital in improving your chance of saving the tooth. In the meantime, use warm water to thoroughly rinse your mouth and minimize the swelling (if there’s any) by applying a cold compress. Take acetaminophen for pain relief
- Chipped tooth While this is not exactly a dental emergency we still encourage you to set an appointment with our office at your earliest convenience. Moreover, you need to be careful when you chew your food so that the severity of the damage doesn’t get worse. The dentist will either just smooth out the chip or add composite material to replace the missing enamel in the tooth.