Dental emergencies can be overwhelming when handled on your own, especially if you can’t see your general dentist right away. Whether you’ve lost a restoration, chipped a tooth during a sport activity, or have a tooth knocked out, there are steps to take for each dental emergency to preserve your natural smile.
If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, contact Dr. David Ashley at Smile Smart Dental Center.
Missing or Chipped Teeth
If you’ve knocked out or chipped a tooth, you still have an opportunity to salvage the tooth. Knocked out teeth that are fully intact can still be placed back into a socket. If properly place within an hour after the trauma, the knocked out tooth can be saved and integrated back into the jaw. Be sure, before placement, that the tooth is thoroughly cleaned.
However, you don’t have to place the tooth on your own. Keep the tooth hydrated in a solution of water, saliva, or milk. You can also purchase a cell growth formula called Save-A-Tooth that keeps the avulsed tooth intact and “alive” till you can visit the dentist.
Lost Fillings or Restorations
Losing a filling or a crown can be detrimental to the health of your smile, as these treatments were done to strengthen a weakened, decayed tooth. If you have lost a filling or crown there is still an opportunity to place it back until you can see the dentist.
This adhesive can be bought at a store with healthcare products or a pharmacy and can be used to attached the filling or crown back in place temporarily. If you have the restoration intact, be sure to clean it off if before placing the cement on.
On the chance you have lost the filling or restoration entirely, you can place the dental cement or tooth paste in the cavity to keep bacteria and debris from entering, and reduce sensitivity.
Toothaches and Pain
Toothaches or dental pain can be a sign of decay or a cavity. It’s important to be aware of tooth sensitivity to temperature and if you have pain when you bite down or chew. Tooth decay and infection can be prevented by visiting the dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings.
Caring for the pain at home can be done by placing a cold compress to the area to ease swelling. If the pain is severe, take appropriate amounts of over-the-counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen to ease the pain until you can visit the dentist.
Call Us Today If You Are Experiencing a Dental Emergency
Smile Smart Dental Center provides dental emergency treatments in Bradenton for patients experiencing a variety of tooth issues. Call our office immediately if you are experiencing a dental emergency.