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Dental Emergency
Created by udent on 2/2/2008 12:00:00 AM

If you are in pain, it could be a sign of a large cavity, or a crack in the tooth. Take any pain medication and see your dentist as soon as possible. If you don’t have pain, keep the area clean and see your dentist as soon as you can.


If you lose a filling?

If you are in pain, it could be a sign of a large cavity, or a crack in the tooth. Take any pain medication and see your dentist as soon as possible. If you don’t have pain, keep the area clean and see your dentist as soon as you can. If the broken tooth has a sharp edge that keeps cutting your cheek or tongue, just place dental wax or a pre-chewed sugarless gum on the sharp edge till you see your dentist.


If your crown falls off?

For either a temporary or a permanent crown, never use a super glue to put it back in. Simply save the crown and see your dentist as soon as you can.


If a bracket in your braces breaks?

Simply place dental wax or a pre-chewed sugarless gum on the sharp end and see your orthodontist as soon as you can.


If you knocked out a tooth?

If it is a baby tooth:

  • Don’t worry about it. Have the area evaluated by the dentist since trauma to a baby tooth may affect the permanent tooth bud.

If it is a permanent tooth:

  • Rinse it gently with water, without scrubbing it, and gently put it back into the tooth socket.
  • If you can’t put it back in, keep it moist in a glass of milk and rush to your dentist as quickly as possible. The tooth can be saved if it can be put back in within the first 90 minutes.


If you have pain after extraction?

If you have severe pain after 24 hours of the extraction, that could be a sign of a dry socket. This is when a blood clot in the tooth socket couldn’t developed. Pain medication might reduce the pain temporarily, but you should see your dentist as soon as possible for a dry socket treatment in which a special dry socket dressing has to be placed inside the tooth socket.

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