Dental Pain, Broken Tooth, Lost Filling, Crown Fell Off, Child hit tooth, Tooth Knocked Out.
It never fails that when you are experiencing a dental emergency, in pain and you’re in need of the dentist it is the weekend or a holiday and all dental offices are closed. Just your luck, Right? Well here are some of the main dental emergencies you might experience and what to do to hold you over until you can get to the dental office.
1) Dental Pain is the number one problem people face. I’m not talking about sensitivity either, check out this article if you have sensitivity, I’m talking about real moderate to major pain. This is usually caused by a very large cavity in the tooth or an infection of the tooth.
Here’s what to do: Use Tylenol and ibuprofen together. Use the correct dosage on the bottles, do not take over the recommended limit. Call your dentist as soon as you can to get the pain checked out.
2) Broken Tooth or Lost Filling. This too can cause some varying degrees of pain.
Here’s what to do: Make your way over to pharmacy closest to you and ask for Dentemp. Den temp can be used to fill the “hole” in the tooth, but this is only temporary. Here’s a video that will show you how to put on a temporary.
My Crown Fell off. This can also be placed back on with a temporary material.
Here’s what to do: Make your way over to pharmacy closest to you and ask for Re Cap It and/or Dentemp. This is a temporary solution that will buy you some time till you can get to your dental office. Here’s a video that will show you how to put a crown back on.
3) My child fell and hit his/her tooth. While being a scary event, this is a dental emergency that usually looks worse than it is. There is almost always trauma to the gums, so if this has occurred do the following.
Here’s what to do: Rinse with salt water, 1 teaspoon salt to one cup of water, rinse and spit. Use Tylenol or Ibuprofen for pain relief. If the tooth has moved leave it alone until you see a dentist. (Article/Video on Izzys trauma)
4) A tooth has been knocked completely out. If you can find the tooth, very gently clean it and if at all possible place it back in. If unable to place it back in keep the tooth and head straight to a dentist or the emergency room. The tooth needs to be stored in a something.
Here’s what to do: Use a pH balanced solution, called hanks balanced solution or save a tooth. The next best bet it actually your own mouth, just sitting between the teeth and cheek in your own saliva. Next is milk and lastly would be some water. Be very gentle with the tooth and avoid touching the root too much.
These are just some of the most common dental emergencies that create the most distress. All of these situations require immediate attention from a dental professional but also offer suggestions to hold you over for a few days if one is unable to get to a dental office.