What is a dental emergency and when should you contact your dentist?
A dental emergency can be a scary situation. Whether you have experienced an injury or if the emergency is caused by decay, you will need to contact your dentist as soon as possible.
Once you visit your dentist they will perform a dental examination and offer a treatment plan to help you feel better as soon as possible.
If you’re unable to get to the dentist right away (within the hour), there are a few things you can do at home in the meantime. Here is some advice about what to do about common dental emergencies.
What can you do to manage a dental emergency at home?
The following are some common dental emergencies we often see at Ivory Dental, as well as some of the ways that you can manage the situation while you wait to visit the dentist.
Damaged or Decayed Teeth
If you have broken a tooth then you should bring the piece with you when you visit the dentist. They may be able to place the missing piece back in its previous position. If possible, try to locate it and bring it to your dental appointment. If you are unable to locate it, your dentist will likely be able to replace it with a restoration such as a crown or filling.
Toothache That Can't Be Relieved
If you are feeling tooth pain it may be one of many different sensations including sharp pains of dull throbbing. There are a number of potential causes including dental infections.
Until you see the dentist, you can try some home remedies for an aching tooth, such as applying an ice pack to the affected area. Taking an over-the-counter pain reliever may also help to reduce pain. If the tooth is severely infected, your dentist may need to perform a root canal.
Knocked Out / Missing Teeth
If you suffer from a knocked out tooth then you should find the tooth if possible and rinse it with water if necessary as well as contact your dentist for an appointment.
Place it back into the tooth socket by biting down gently but firmly (and carefully) to keep it in place. If you are unable to replace the tooth in its socket, keep it moist by holding it in your mouth next to your cheek or placing it in a glass of milk or your saliva until you see your dentist.
If you are unable to locate the tooth, your dentist can offer options for tooth replacement such as a dental implant or crown.
Damaged Crown / Filling
Similar to teeth, fillings or crowns can become lost or damaged. If possible, try to locate the missing tooth and rinse it off before placing it back on your tooth. If you are unable to place it, bring it to your emergency appointment.
If your filling has been entirely misplaced then your dentist may need to order a new one to be made for you.