When you have a dental emergency, call a dentist immediately – most dentists allocate time for emergencies and are happy to see you immediately.
The following tips can help youuntil your appointment:
- Knocked-Out Tooth – Pick the tooth up by the top and rinse it carefully. Avoid touching the root of the tooth. If possible, place the tooth gently back into the socket. Otherwise, place the tooth in a cup of milk or small container of water.
- Loose Tooth/Tooth Out of Alignment – Gently try to realign the tooth. Your dentist may splint the loose tooth to adjacent teeth in order to keep it stabilized.
- Chipped Tooth – A chipped tooth that isn’t causing pain doesn’t usually require immediate attention, but be careful chewing so you don’t make the chip any worse. Your dentist can smooth out the chip or fill it in with composite material.
- Cracked/Fractured Tooth – To increase the chances that the tooth can be saved, rinse your mouth thoroughly with warm water. Apply a cold compress to minimize swelling, and take acetaminophen to alleviate pain.