This can always be potentially serious and should be addressed immediately to avoid the risk of permanent damage or future expensive and extensive treatment. You should always call your dentist immediately concerning any dental injury or concern. Call our Emergency Center at 610.631.3400 with any additional questions and to come in to handle your emergency.
- First, thoroughly rinse your mouth with warm water.
- Use dental floss to remove any lodged food.
- If your mouth is swollen, apply a cold compress to the outside of your mouth or cheek.
- Never put aspirin or any other painkiller against the gums near the aching tooth because it may burn the gum tissue.
- See your dentist as soon as possible.
Chipped or Broken Teeth
1. Save any pieces.
2. Rinse the mouth using warm water; rinse any broken pieces.
3. If there’s bleeding, apply a piece of gauze or a teabag to the area for about 10 minutes or until the bleeding stops.
4. Apply a cold compress to the outside of the mouth, cheek, or lip near the broken/chipped tooth to keep any swelling down and relieve pain.
5. See your dentist as soon as possible.
Knocked Out Teeth
A knocked-out tooth doesn’t always mean that it’s gone forever! Your tooth can often be saved if a dentist can begin repairing it within an hour.
1. Find the tooth and keep it safe! Pick the tooth up by the crown (the part that is usually exposed in the mouth) not the root!
2. Tend to the wound. Rinse your mouth out with warm water. If there’s bleeding you can apply a piece of gauze or a moistened teabag to the injured area. You can rinse the tooth in a bowl of warm tap water, but don’t scrub it or remove any attached tissue fragments!
3. If possible, put the tooth back in place. Make sure it’s facing the right way, and never force the tooth into the socket! If it’s not possible to reinsert the tooth then put the tooth in a small container of milk (if milk is not available, put the tooth in a cup of water with a pinch of table salt). You can also put the tooth in a product such as Save-a-Tooth.
Extruded (Partially Dislodged) Tooth
If your tooth is partially knocked-out or loose you should see your dentist right away. Until you reach a dentist you can relieve the pain of the extruded tooth by applying a cold compress to the outside of your mouth or cheek of the infected area. If needed, you can also take an over-the-counter pain medication like Tylenol or Advil.
Lost Fillings or Lost Crowns
A lost filling can be easily replaced. As a temporary measure, you can put a piece of sugarless gum or an over-the-counter dental cement in the filling (gum with sugar will cause pain). See your dentist as soon as possible to replace the filling.
If a crown falls off, keep the crown and put it in a safe place. Immediately make an appointment with your dentist and bring the crown with you. If you can’t get to the dentist right away and the tooth is causing pain, use a cotton swab to apply a little clove oil to the sensitive area (clove oil can be purchased at your local drug store or in the spice aisle of your grocery store). If possible, slip the crown back over the tooth. Before doing so, coat the inner surface with an over-the-counter dental cement, toothpaste, or denture adhesive, to help hold the crown in place. Do not use super glue!
Objects Caught In-between Teeth
First, try using dental floss to very gently and carefully remove the object. If you can’t get the object out, see your dentist. Never use a pin or other sharp object to poke at the stuck object. These instruments can cut your gums or scratch your tooth surface.