Some dental emergencies require immediate treatment because the patient is in sever pain, while others can be dealt with as soon as the next day. If you’ve suffered a broken tooth, lost a filling, your crown has broken off, or have any other dental emergency do not hesitate to contact Able Dental Group at 1-800-522-8053 or 403-548-0007.
Cracked or Broken Teeth
Some fractures are fairly painless and can be treated the next day. However, should the crack extend into the root, pain can be extreme. If a large piece of tooth breaks off, call your Able dentist and:
- Rinse the fragment and your mouth with lukewarm water.
- Apply gauze for 10 minutes to any bleeding.
- Place an ice pack or cold, damp towel on your cheek to minimize swelling and pain.
- Cover the area with dental cement if there is no way to see the dentist immediately.
- Take a pain reliever.
Lost Filling or Crown
Usually, a crown or filling comes loose while you’re eating, leaving the tooth open to temperature changes and pressure. If a crown has fallen off, save your crown in a cool place; your Able dentist might be able to reinsert it.
In the meantime:
- Apply clove oil to the tooth to alleviate pain.
- Clean the crown and affix it onto the tooth with dental cement or toothpaste. available from your pharmacy; do not use glue to replace the crown. Book an appointment the next day to have our Able dentist re-cement it.
- If the crown is lost, use dental cement on the top of the tooth to ease discomfort.
Should you have a tooth knocked out, you need to call your Able dentist immediately. If your tooth can be put back into place within an hour, you have a chance of saving it. Once you’ve found the tooth, you should:
- Pick up the tooth by the crown and rinse it under warm water; avoid touching the root.
- Place it back into its socket if possible or tuck it into your cheek; failing that, place the tooth in milk, saliva or water – do not let it dry out.
- If your tooth has been bumped out of line, move it back into place and call your dentist immediately.