Have you ever found yourself faced with a dental emergency? At our practice, we understand sudden discomfort or injury is never planned. Fortunately, there are steps you can take the ease an uncomfortable situation until you can see the dentist. Dr. Adrian Vande Merwe offers tips for addressing the immediate discomfort associated with a dental emergency.
Common Emergency Dental Situations
1. Chipped Tooth: A variety of factors can cause a chipped tooth, from a sports injury to biting down on something hard. First, try to pick up any pieces of the tooth you can find. You will need to bring them with you. If you’re bleeding, place a piece of gauze on the affected area. A cold compress can also be useful for reducing swelling. Give Dr. Adrian a call to schedule an appointment right away.
2. Toothache: What do you do when your tooth suddenly starts aching? First, rinse your mouth with warm water. Then take a piece of floss and gently floss each side of the aching tooth. If this fails to address the discomfort, then contact Dr. Adrian.
3. Something Caught Between Your Teeth: As with the toothache, start by gently rinsing with warm water and then use a floss to try and remove the object stuck between your teeth. If this doesn’t dislodge the object, then call Dr. Adrian. Never use anything other than floss, as this could damage the gums.
4. Lost/Loose Filling or Crown: If a crown or filling comes loose, you can often hold it in place temporarily with over-the-counter dental cement. If the restoration is lost, then chew a piece of sugar-free gum and place it over the exposed tooth. This acts as a very short-term solution to protect the tooth until Dr. Adrian can place a new filling or crown.
5. Knocked-Out Tooth: If you knock a tooth out, don’t panic. Instead, pick the tooth up (by the crown, never the root) and gently rinse the tooth off under running water. You want to remove foreign debris, but not any tissue stuck on the tooth. If you can, return the tooth to the socket and hold it in place by gently biting down. If this isn’t possible, place the tooth in a glass of milk and bring it with you when you see Dr. Adrian.
Schedule an Appointment with Dr. Adrian
Do you have any questions about addressing toothaches or damaged restorations? Interested in improving both the health and beauty of you and your family’s smiles? Then schedule a visit with Dr. Adrian today. We proudly service the residents of Bountiful and surrounding communities. Call us today at (801) 292-7500.