The worst has happened: you’ve noticed that something is missing from a tooth. Whether it’s a chip in your enamel, a missing filling, or something more serious, you want to get it fixed – fast. But don’t panic. If you proceed the right way, you’ll be better-able to treat the problem and feel calmer in the process. Keep reading for some tips on how to act if disaster strikes.
Looking for an Ellicott City emergency dentist? We’re nearby, and ready to accommodate you. Life isn’t comfortable or easy with a broken tooth, and you don’t have to put up with the problem for days. Just get in touch at (410) 772-5453 and we will find the earliest possible appointment that will work for you.
How to Handle a Dental Emergency
- First off, evaluate the damage as best you can. If you lost a tooth, restoration, or filling, be sure to put the broken piece in a safe place to bring to your dentist.
- Call your dentist right away. There’s no sense in waiting if early action could help you get an appointment quickly.
- What constitutes an emergency and merits a phone call? Some of our most common emergencies include
• Swollen jaw/painful jaw joint
• Cracked tooth
• Lost or loose fillings
• Permanent tooth knocked out by trauma
• Object stuck between teeth
• Sore gums
• Infected tooth in need of a root canal
• Broken or damaged restoration
- Take over the counter painkillers to help manage the pain and control swelling. Rinse your mouth with warm water to cleanse the problem area, and use a cold compress on any breaks or cuts.
- If your jaw has experienced trauma and isn’t working properly, we will likely recommend that you go to the emergency room. If your pain is ever severe, or your oral function seriously compromised, seek emergency care immediately.
Your daily life hinges on your mouth – without the ability to easily speak, eat, and smile, it’s tough to get anything done. Don’t suffer through the pain; get in touch right away.