Dental emergencies can happen at any time, and knowing how to handle them can mean the difference between losing and saving a tooth. While getting to the dentist as soon as possible is the most important thing you can do when a dental emergency happens, there are also important things you should do immediately after an accident.
– Knocked-out tooth. If a tooth is knocked fully out of its socket, it is important to act quickly. It will stand the best chance of being saved if Dr. Lynh Pham can work on it within an hour. Rinse it off, touching only the crown and never scrubbing. Try and carefully fit it back into the socket. If it doesn’t go, put it in a glass of water with a pinch of salt or milk.
– Lost crown. If a dental crown comes loose, fill it with toothpaste or over-the-counter dental cement and try to fit it back into place. If there is pain, apply a little clove oil with a cotton swab. If you lose a filling, re-fill it with sugarfree chewing gum until you can come it.
– Toothache. Don’t try to wait it out. Untreated toothaches can turn into even more painful abscesses. Control swelling with a cold compress, and don’t leave aspirin in the mouth next to the affected tooth. This won’t relieve pain and can actually burn gums.
Our skilled team at Smiley Dental Camp Bowie is ready to capably treat your dental emergency should the need arise. Please call our office here in Ft. Worth, TX, for instructions during your own unique situation. Teeth can be saved with timely treatment.