At Affinity Dental, we believe in placing the welfare of our patients above all else. We believe in providing as much education about oral health as possible, to help our patients make smart decisions.
At some point in time, everyone has a problem with their mouth that needs attention. It can be difficult to tell how serious the problem is. If our office is open, call us and set up an appointment to discuss the problem. We have dentists on call days, nights, and weekends, to answer your concerns.
What is a Dental Emergency?
If a tooth is knocked out, loose, out of position or fractured, or if the lips, cheeks or gums are bleeding, this qualifies as a dental emergency that should be seen by a dentist as soon as possible.
What can I do to be prepared?
Keep an emergency dental care kit, including:
- Dentist’s phone numbers (home and office)
- Saline Solution
- Small container with lid
- Ibuprofen (Not aspirin. Aspirin is an anti-coagulant, which may cause excessive bleeding in a dental emergency.)
If your tooth is knocked out:
Call your dentist to schedule an emergency appointment. Don’t handle the tooth by the root as this can damage cells that are needed to reattach the tooth to the bone. Do not scrub the tooth, but rinse it gently in water to remove any dirt. Don’t try to place the tooth back into the socket, but instead keep in inside your mouth, next to the cheek, to keep it moist. Do not let the tooth dry out. Store it in a wet gauze or immerse it in milk if necessary.
If your tooth is loose or out of position:
Try to reposition it with extremely light pressure, but do not force it. The dentist may need to splint the tooth, using a connecting splint between two healthy teeth on either side of the loose tooth.
If your tooth is fractured:
Start by rinsing with warm water and use an ice pack if you have swelling. Contact your dentist immediately and they will know how to proceed depending on the level of fracture you have.
A minor fracture can be restored with a composite restoration, smoothed out with a sandpaper disc, or left as is.
A moderate fracture that has damage to the dentin, enamel, or pulp will require further dental treatment. If the pulp isn’t permanently damaged a full permanent crown may restore the tooth.
A more severe fracture often means the tooth has been traumatized and there is little chance of recovery.
If the tooth is broken or a crown has come out:
This should be evaluated at the first available appointment but is not an emergency. Keep the tooth clean. You may fill the hole with wax or cotton if the edge is sharp or the tooth is sensitive.
If your crown comes off:
Make sure you do not lose or swallow the crown. If you can leave the crown off until you can see your dentist, do so. If not, use denture adhesive to place and hold the crown back in place.