Life is full of unexpected moments, and they are not always pleasant. An emergency is, by definition, unplanned, meaning that you are likely unprepared. What should you do when suddenly dealing with a broken tooth, lost filling, or other dental emergency? First, call our office.
Dr. France Chevalier will see emergency cases as soon as possible. She will take necessary steps to ease your pain
, first and foremost. Depending on the nature of the problem, she may treat it right away, or provide a temporary solution until further work can be done. Unfortunately, emergencies rarely strike at an opportune time or in a convenient place. Here are a few tips to help you minimize the damage
and stay comfortable, until you can see a dentist.
- Rinse your mouth with tepid salt water to minimize soreness or bleeding.
- Apply pressure with sterile dental gauze to control bleeding.
- An ice pack held on the outside of your mouth can reduce swelling and ease pain.
- Choose aspirin-free pain relievers, because aspirin can increase bleeding. Always use pain relievers according to directions. Do not take more than the recommended dose, and do not hold a pill against your gums.
- Denture adhesive, orthodontic wax or sugar-free gum may be used to temporarily replace a filling or hold a loose crown in place.
- Clove oil can be used in your mouth as a topical pain reliever.
- In select cases, a knocked out tooth can be reattached if you see a dentist quickly. Be very careful not to damage any tissue that is still connected to the root. Gently rinse the tooth, and attempt to reinsert it in the socket, without using force. If it will not go back in place easily, keep it in a container of milk and bring it with you to the office.
- If you have a damaged or painful tooth, choose soft foods such as pudding.
- Avoid drinking through a straw if your mouth is bleeding, as the suction could aggravate the problem.
You can prepare for emergencies by adding some dental supplies to your first aid kit. These include salt, dental gauze, wax or sugar-free gum, clove oil or Orajel, a small, sterile container, and our phone number – +1 (613) 233-1118