Dental Emergencies: What to Do Until Your Appointment

At one point or another, we will all probably have a dental emergency. Whether it’s a knocked-out tooth, a lost filling or crown, a toothache, or soft tissue trauma, your first step is always to call the dentist. Our Longmont dental office tries to keep a block of appointments available for same-day emergencies at all times, and we will get you in to see Dr. Bond as soon as possible.

If your dental emergency is life-threatening, such as difficulty breathing or swallowing, you should always go to the emergency room or contact 911 immediately.

For other emergencies, here are some tips to “triage” your dental emergency until your dental appointment:

For toothaches, rinse your mouth with warm, salty water. If you have something lodged between your teeth causing, try to get it loose with dental floss. Never poke at your teeth with sharp objects such as pins or needles. Use a cold compress on your cheek or jaw if your mouth is swollen, and take a painkiller such as ibuprofen.

For a knocked-out tooth, do not touch the roots of the tooth. Hold it by the crown at all times. Rinse the tooth gently with warm water if it’s dirty, but do not scrub or use any cleaning substances on the tooth. If possible, put the tooth back into place. Don’t force it. If you can’t reinsert the tooth, place it in a small container covered with milk, saliva, or saline solution. Dr. Bond has the best chance of saving the tooth if you follow these instructions and visit our office within one hour.

If you lose a filling, you can re-cement it using temporary dental cement available over the counter at your local drugstore. You can also use sugarless gum to fill the hole, in a pinch. Sugared gum will cause a toothache, so make sure it’s sugarless. If it’s a lost crown, dental cement, denture adhesive, or toothpaste can help hold the crown in place. Never use superglue! If the area is painful or sensitive, it can be numbed with some clove oil purchased at the supermarket.

Soft tissue injuries, meaning injuries to the gums, cheek, teeth or lips, can be both painful and bloody. To control the bleeding, hold a moistened piece of gauze or teabag to the site for 15-20 minutes, applying gentle pressure. Use a cold compress on the outside of the cheek or jaw to slow the bleeding and reduce the pain. If the site won’t stop bleeding, see your dentist immediately or visit the emergency room.

If you’re suffering from a dental emergency, we know it can be stressful and frightening, and Longmont dentist Dr. Bond will make sure that you receive treatment as soon as possible. If you are currently experiencing a dental emergency or have any other questions about what to do in a dental emergency, please contact our office.

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