Dental emergencies can be scary and painful. If you experience one, the first thing you should do is call your dentist, then follow these steps provided by our Nanaimo dentists.
Seeing Your Dentist For Dental Emergencies
Whether you have a severe toothache or obtained an injury while playing sports or another physical activity, a dental emergency can be scary and very uncomfortable. You’ll want to call our Nanaimo dentists immediately, so they can arrange to see you as quickly as possible.
Your dentist can assess your situation and determine a treatment plan.
If you’re unable to get to the dentist right away (within the hour), there are a few things you can do at home in the meantime to manage the situation. Below we have shared some advice on what you should do during common dental emergencies.
How To Handle Common Dental Emergencies
The following are some common dental emergencies we often see at Brooks Landing Dental Clinic, and how you can address them at home to reduce discomfort until you can get to our office.
A Damaged Tooth
Is your tooth chipped or broken? Your dentist may be able to attach the missing piece. If possible, try to locate it and bring it to your dental appointment. If you can't find it, your dentist will likely be able to replace it with a restoration such as a crown or filling.
Severe toothaches can be extremely uncomfortable, and you may experience throbbing or sharp pain. This could be caused by an infection in the root of your tooth or something else.
Until you see the dentist, you can try some home remedies for an aching tooth, such as applying an ice pack to the affected area. Taking an over-the-counter pain reliever may also help reduce your pain. If the tooth is severely infected, your dentist might have to perform a root canal.
If one of your teeth has been knocked out, try to locate it and rinse it off with water (no soap or harsh chemicals as this can damage the tooth).
Place the tooth back into the socket by biting down gently but firmly (and carefully) to keep it in place. If you can't get the tooth in the socket, keep it moist by holding it in your mouth next to your cheek or place it in a glass of milk until you see your dentist.
If you are unable to locate the tooth, your dentist can provide you with tooth replacement options such as a dental implant or crown.
A Damaged Filling or Crown
Similar to teeth, fillings and crowns can get lost or damaged. If possible, try to find the missing restoration and rinse it off prior to putting it back on your tooth. If you are unable to place it, bring it to your emergency appointment.
If you cannot locate your crown or filling, your dentist will likely be able to provide a replacement.