Many Oceanside residents will experience at least one tooth emergency in their life. Many types of activity including sports can accidentally dislodge a crown or produce the sudden pain caused by an abscess or break a wire on your braces. In the case of a dental emergency, it is important to see your Oceanside dentist as soon as possible!
Following are some immediate treatments:
Broken Tooth: Save any tooth fragments and rinse your mouth with warm water. If the space around the tooth is bleeding, compress a piece of gauze and bite down on it. In addition, you can apply cold compress or ice pack held against the cheek and this can reduce swelling and lessen pain. Visit your Oceanside dentist as soon as you can.
Lost Filling: Save the filling if you can. It can help your dentist determine why it came out. Do not let food get stuck in the hole left by the filling. Do not chew on the tooth. Brush it gently. Call your Oceanside dentist’s office to schedule an emergency appointment right away.
Displaced Crowns: If there is a pain, you may apply a dab of clove oil with a Q-tip to the affected tooth (a common home remedy that may reduce pain). Save the crown. If you can’t see your Oceanside dentist immediately, you can apply dental cement (available at drugstores) or denture adhesive to temporarily re-attach the crown until you can get to your Oceanside dentist. Do not use other types of glue or adhesive.
By visiting your Oceanside dentist as soon as possible, you avoid pain, infection and possible further tooth damage. If you delay treatment, even for a few days, you risk needing more extensive treatment later.
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