Dental Emergency - Asante Dental

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Home Guide to Dealing with Dental Emergencies

  • Toothache
    1. Gently rinse mouth with warm water to remove food debris
    2. Use anti-inflammatory medication such as Advil for pain
    3. Do NOT put an aspirin on the gums next to the tooth – this will not relieve pain but may burn your gums
    4. Use Orajel to numb the pain
    5. See your dentist as soon as possible to find out the cause and get treatment done
  • Swollen Gums
    1. Rinse gently with warm salt water
    2. Brush and floss carefully to remove any food particle or loose deposit that may be causing the swelling
    3. Gentle press on the swollen tissue to see if any liquid comes out – if it does continue to drain the infection
    4. See your dentist as soon as possible
  • Knocked Out Tooth
    1. Gently rinse tooth in water
    2. If possible place tooth back inside the socket in the same orientation as it was before
    3. If you can’t put the tooth back inside the socket, place it between your cheek and gums, or in milk
    4. Try to avoid touching the tooth root
    5. Rush to see your dentist to get tooth replanted
  • Loose Crown
    1. Remove crown if you can
    2. Rinse and clean the inside of the crown using a toothpick
    3. Use denture adhesive or temporary cement from a drugstore to re-cement crown
    4. See your dentist as soon as possible to get it permanently cemented back
  • Cracked Tooth
    1. Avoid chewing on broken tooth
    2. Rinse mouth with warm water
    3. Put cold compress to keep swelling down
    4. See your dentist as soon as possible
  • Broken filling
    1. Avoid chewing on broken filling
    2. Rinse mouth with warm water
    3. Put cold compress to keep swelling down
    4. If there is a sharp edge that is cutting your tongue or cheek, carefully file it down with a nail file or use dental wax to cover the sharp edge
    5. See your dentist as soon as possible