We have all been faced with emergency situations that leave us stumped, with the familiar question of “what do I do?” often coming to mind. When these situations arise, there are always solutions available depending on the issue at hand. The following are need-to-know first-aids to help ease a dental dilemma:
- Take Ibuprofen as directed.
- Use an ice-pack.
- Avoid either hot or cold foods, as they can increase sensitivity.
- Clean around the area of the affected tooth, apply a small amount of sensitivity toothpaste, but otherwise do not further irritate it.
- Please make an appointment with us at your earliest convenience.
- Use a salt-water rinse to dry it out.
- Apply an over-the-counter topical ointment as directed.
- If canker sores are a recurring problem, it is important to get them checked out.
When a Temporary Crown Falls Out
- If the crown is not broken: use a dab of toothpaste or dental adhesive between your tooth and your crown to replace it.
- If the crown is broken: do not replace it.
- Do not chew food with the affected tooth.
- Make an appointment to be seen as soon as possible.
When a Tooth is Knocked out or Broken
- Rinse the tooth only if it is very dirty.
- Do not rub/scrub the tooth.
- Be very gentle.
- Do not touch the nerve endings or ligaments of the tooth or the gum.
- If the tooth is in one piece: attempt to replace it into the socket by securely holding the tooth in place with gauze until you reach the office.
- If the tooth is broken: store the tooth in saliva or milk, transporting a tooth dry will cause damage. The tooth can be transported between the gum and the cheek of the person who lost the tooth.
- Make an emergency appointment with Dr. DeFinnis.
- Healthy gums can bleed if you use a hard-bristled toothbrush or floss too harshly.
- If your gums are red or swollen: it can be an early sign of gum disease, and an immediate appointment with Dr. DeFinnis is necessary.
Broken Braces/Other Appliances
- If it is a loose bracket: schedule an immediate appointment with your orthodontist
- If it is a loose wire that sticks out: place a small amount of balled orthopedic wax around the wire until you can schedule an appointment.
For your emergency dentistry needs in Philadelphia, it is important to rely on someone you have confidence in. Since there is only so much you can do at home, having a trusted dentistry office at the ready is essential. Do not hesitate to contact Wynnewood Dental Arts. Here, sedation dentistry in Philadelphia is also available for those who are anxious or afraid of getting a procedure done. Everyone is provided for and given the absolute best for their comfort needs.