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Use dental floss to loosen any food particles that may be caught between your teeth. If discomfort remains, take an over-the-counter medication like ibuprofen to reduce inflammation surrounding the tissue. Avoid aspirin as direct contact can cause a burning sensation. If decay is present, we may need to place a filling or crown depending on the severity.

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Chipped or Broken Tooth

Keep any pieces of the tooth that you can and bring them to the dental office. Do not chew any food until you get the tooth repaired. If the tooth is minorly chipped or there’s no discomfort, you may be able to wait until regular business hours to get treatment. If swelling is present, apply a cold compress to your face for 10 minutes at a time, removing and reapplying for up to one hour.

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Knocked-Out Tooth

Do your best to stay calm and locate the tooth. Once found, pick it up by the crown portion and avoid touching the root or removing any tissue still attached. After gently rinsing the tooth of any dirt or debris, place it back into your open socket. If not possible, keep it in milk and get to our dental office right away. If we cannot reimplant it, we will discuss tooth replacement options with you moving forward.

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Lost Filling or Crown

If you still have the restoration, you can temporarily attach it to your exposed tooth using dental cement, denture adhesive, petroleum jelly or sugar-free chewing gum if nothing else is available. In most cases, we will need to create a new crown or filling to effectively cover the tooth.

  • Brush twice a day and floss daily

  • Commit to routine exams and cleanings at our dental office

  • Avoid chewing on very hard foods or inedible objects (i.e. pens, pencils, packages, bottles, ice cubes etc.)

  • Always wear a nightguard or sportsguard if you grind your teeth or play contact sports

  • Break habits that can damage teeth, such as nail-biting

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Should I Go to the ER or an Emergency Dentist?

In nearly every case, you’ll save time, money, and hassle by giving us a call in a dental emergency instead of going straight to your local ER. However, there are some situations that need to be stabilized at the emergency room before we can repair your smile, such as:

  • Dislocated or broken jaw.

  • Bleeding that hasn’t stopped in 10 minutes.

  • Swelling in the mouth, face, or jaw that’s making it difficult to swallow or breathe.

How Can I Tell If I’m Having a Dental Emergency?

Not every dental emergency is as easy to identify as a broken or knocked-out tooth. If you’re wondering if you need urgent dental care, ask yourself these questions:

  • Do I have intense dental pain?

  • Do my teeth feel out of place or loose?

  • Is my tooth visibly damaged?

  • Are my gums swollen, painful, or bleeding?

If you answer yes to any of these questions, give us a call! We’ll help you assess your situation over the phone and give you step-by-step guidance on what you should do next.

Is a Toothache a Dental Emergency?

Dental pain should always be investigated by your dentist in a timely manner. While most toothaches are caused by cavities and other non-emergency problems, some can be the result of a severe underlying issue that needs immediate attention. Your toothache may be an emergency if accompanied by:

  • Severe pain that is interfering with your everyday life.

  • Darkening of the painful tooth.

  • Looseness in the painful tooth.

  • A small, pimple-like pump on the gums near the toothache.

  • Signs of infection, like swelling, fever, or fatigue.

Can I Take Over-the-Counter Pain Relievers for a Toothache?

There are several ways you can manage your dental pain until you can reach our office. Rinsing your mouth out with saltwater can help kill bacteria and reduce inflammation and applying an ice pack can ease swelling and numb the area. You can also take over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen and naproxen. Be sure to read the instructions carefully and take them as directed.

However, it’s important that you remember that OTC pain relievers are intended to be a temporary fix. Even if you can manage your discomfort with the help of store-bought pain killers, you still need to come see us for treatment right away. Over-the-counter pain relivers won’t address the underlying, potentially serious problem that’s causing your discomfort, so don’t wait to give us a call if you have a toothache!

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