Accidents may happen at any time and it is important to know what can be done to avoid losing a tooth. Call Finch And Keele Dental Office immediately to schedule an emergency dental appointment, we will do our best to see you as prompt as possible at our Downsview, North York dental office: 416-667-7672
Here are some ways you can take care of the most common dental injuries, until you come in for your emergency dental care:
Knocked out tooth
If a tooth is completely knocked out, it should be quickly rinsed off with water, but never scrubbed. The tooth should be held by the crown (top), not the root, so you do not damage the ligaments. In a cooperative adult, the tooth should be put back in the socket. Many people may be uncomfortable re-implanting the tooth on their own. If this is the case, be sure to transport the tooth to the doctor or dentist in saline, milk, or saliva.
Chipped or broken tooth
when a tooth is chipped or broken, the first thing to worry about is how to stop the bleeding. Apply direct, gentle pressure to the affected gum area, not the tooth itself to stop the bleeding. Rinse your mouth gently with warm water and then apply a cold compress to the area. If you find a piece of the tooth, bring it with you when you go to the dentist. Use a pain killer in small doses to relieve any pain.
Over-the counter pain medications may be used while you arrange a dental appointment. Avoid cold or hot foods because this may worsen the pain. Relief may be obtained by biting on a cotton ball soaked in oil of cloves.