A broken or lost tooth can be frightening, but did you know that if you get care right away, there's a better chance the tooth can be saved? If you suffer a broken tooth or any other dental emergency, call our office immediately to arrange a time to come in and be seen by a dentist. We'll do our best to see you the same day.
If you have a dental emergency and you're waiting for treatment, there are some things you can do to alleviate the pain and improve your chances of saving a tooth.
If you lose a filling, first remove the pieces of the filling from your mouth to avoid choking. If your tooth is sensitive or you are in pain, you can help alleviate the discomfort by placing a small piece of soft sugarless gum in the hole left by the filling. Over the counter painkillers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen can also help reduce your pain.
If you lose a tooth, you can increase your chances of saving it by placing the tooth back in the empty socket. If you are unable to replace the tooth, you can place the tooth in a container of cold milk and bring it to our office with you.
If you break a tooth, there's a possibility the broken part of the tooth can be reattached. As with a lost tooth bring the broken piece to our office in a container of milk.
You can use over the counter painkillers to reduce the pain from a lost or broken tooth.
If you break a crown or your crown falls off, you may be able to replace the crown back on the post. If you are unable to come to our office right away, you can temporarily attach the crown to the post with denture adhesive. Do not use any other type of adhesive in your mouth as they may be toxic.
If you experience a dental emergency, contact our office right away.