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Your Guide to Handling Common Dental Emergencies Enroute to Our Office

Dental emergencies can arise at any time, and you might need to travel or have a long wait times before you can get in to see a dentist. If you delay response and treatment for dental emergencies, you can risk permanent damage in your teeth and gums.

At Today's Dentistry in San Jose, CA, Peter K. Lee, DDS, and his team are ready to help you handle dental emergencies. In case of a dental emergency, take prompt action to protect your oral and whole-body health by following these tips on what to do while you make your way to your appointment at Today’s Dentistry.

If you have a toothache

Toothaches can pop up unexpectedly. With at-home care, you may be able to resolve your discomfort, before you check in with Dr. Lee about the causes of the problem.

Carefully and thoroughly clean your mouth, rinsing with warm water, and using dental floss to check for any food lodged in between your teeth. If you see swelling, you can use a cold compress applied to the outside of your cheek to reduce it. Don’t put aspirin or other painkillers directly by the gum near your affected tooth, as you may suffer skin burns as a result.

If you’ve lost a filling or crown

Fillings and crowns from previous dental work are meant to be permanent, but they can slip out of place or become dislodged or damaged. If you lose a filling or crown, you can use a piece of sugarless gum as a temporary filler, or use dental cement to fill in the empty space. Clove oil, applied with a cotton swab, can help with pain from a lost or damaged crown. If you can, save your lost crown and bring it with you to the dentist.

If you have a chipped or broken tooth

Your teeth can become chipped or broken in accidents or other mishaps. When this happens, rinse your mouth and any broken pieces off with warm water. Apply gauze to stop any bleeding, and save any pieces of your broken tooth or teeth you can find to bring with you to the dentist. If you have swelling around the injured area, use a cold compress on the outside of your cheek, mouth, or lip to reduce it and relieve any pain.

If a tooth is knocked out or extruding

If you have a tooth that’s been knocked all the way out or is extruding at an unnatural angle from your gums, take these steps for the best outcome. Hold the lost tooth by the crown, rinsing if necessary, and attempt to replace the lost tooth in the socket, but don’t force it in. If you can’t get the lost tooth back in your mouth, you can place it in a glass of milk, or water mixed with a pinch of salt. Use cold compresses and over-the-counter pain relievers (Tylenol® or Advil®) to relieve pain.

For any dental emergency, contact Today’s Dentistry to schedule immediate treatment.

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