When a dental emergency happens at home, what do you do? You might be scared and in pain. The best thing to do is to call our Calgary dentist’s office immediately and see a dentist as soon as possible.
Your dentist can treat dental emergencies.
Whether you’ve got a severe toothache or have suffered an injury playing sports or during other physical activity, a dental emergency at home can feel scary and cause much discomfort. You’ll want to call our Calgary dentists so they can arrange to see you as soon as possible.
Your dentist will be able to assess your situation and decide on a treatment plan.
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.
How To Manage Common Dental Emergencies
The following are some common dental emergencies we often see at Pensak Houghton Dentistry, and how you can address them at home to reduce discomfort until you can get to our office.
Is one of your teeth chipped or broken? Your dentist may be able to repair the broken piece. Attempt to locate it and bring it to your dental appointment if at all possible. If you can't find it, your dentist will most likely be able to replace it with a restoration like a crown or filling.
Severe pain in your teeth can cause severe discomfort; you may feel throbbing or sharp pain. This could be caused by an infection in the root of your tooth, among other things.
You can try some home remedies for an aching tooth until you see the dentist, such as applying an ice pack to the affected area. Taking an over-the-counter pain reliever may also aid in pain relief. If the tooth is severely infected, your dentist may recommend a root canal procedure.
Knocked Out Tooth
If one of your teeth has been knocked out, try to locate it and rinse it off with water (not soap or harsh chemicals as this can damage the tooth).
Bite it gently but firmly (and carefully) back into the tooth socket to keep it in place. If you are unable to replace the tooth in its socket, keep it moist by placing it in a glass of milk or your saliva or holding it in your mouth next to your cheek 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 or Filling
Fillings and crowns, like teeth, can become lost or damaged. If possible, try to find the missing tooth and rinse it before reattaching it to your tooth. Bring it to your emergency appointment if you are unable to place it.
If you cannot locate your crown or filling, your dentist will likely be able to provide a replacement.