Dental pain can develop for a myriad of reasons, ranging from a minor cavity to a severe dental injury. In those situations where your dental pain is so great that it prevents you from going about your day normally, you need to seek out dental care as quickly as possible in order to get the relief you need. For these dental emergencies, you can always turn to DNL Dental. Our team is specially trained to handle a wide variety of dental emergencies, and when you call in with one, we’ll work to see you as quickly as possible (the same day if possible). Basically, if you ever injure your teeth or develop a severe dental infection, be sure to give us a call, and we’ll be able to help you.
Below, you’ll find a few helpful tips on how to handle common dental emergencies before you can reach our office. In all cases, be sure to call us as quickly as possible!
Try to find your tooth and pick it up only by the crown without touching the root. Give it a gentle rinse, and attempt to place it back into your mouth. If this isn’t possible, put it in a container of either milk or saltwater. The tooth absolutely needs to stay wet until we see you in order for it to remain viable for reattachment. You only have a 2-hour window once a tooth has been knocked out for it to be successfully replanted, so be sure to call us as soon as you can.
First, gently rinse the injured area with some warm water, and use a cold compress to manage any pain or swelling. If needed, you can take an over-the-counter medication to help with the pain as well.
Can you find the temporary crown? If so, dry off your natural tooth and attempt to replace the crown using a small dab of toothpaste, dental wax, or dental adhesive (all of which you can find at your local pharmacy). This will help keep it in place only until you can see us.
In this situation, you should go straight to your nearest emergency room and contact our team only after you have been cleared to leave by your attending physician.
Start by gently rinsing the area with warm water, and then floss around the tooth to make sure something isn’t stuck around it. If this doesn’t relieve the pain, you can take an over-the-counter medication and use a cold compress before giving us a call.