December 28, 2015
Happy New Year Belleville! Welcome back to the ongoing dental health blog of Thomas J. Feder, DDS, PC. We hope the holidays have treated you well so far! With 2016 on the horizon, there’s a lot to be excited about. But nothing can derail your new year’s celebrations and plans faster than a dental emergency.
At the office of Thomas J. Feder, DDS, PC, in Belleville, IL, we also function as an emergency dental clinic. If you’re having a life-threatening dental emergency, call 911. Otherwise call our office right now at (618) 219-1412. We can often offer same-day emergency dental appointments.
In today’s post of our dental health blog, we’re going to give you a few tips for handling dental emergencies. We’ll look at what you should do if your tooth has been knocked-out, if you have a broken tooth, and what you should do if a dental restoration falls-out. We’ll also provide tips for handing toothaches. Let’s get started!
What to do if You Have a Knocked-out or Broken Tooth
It can be traumatic when a tooth gets damaged or broken. But the good news is if you get to our Belleville, IL office soon enough, we can often restore the tooth. If a tooth has been knocked-out, you’ll want to bring the tooth to our office immediately. Avoid touching the root of the tooth or removing any tissue from it. Rinse any debris off the tooth, then place it in a container of milk or a dental product called Save-A-Tooth to help preserve the tooth.
If a tooth has been broken, try to save any remaining fragments of the tooth. Place them in a safe container and bring them with you to our office. If you the broken tooth is sharp, place some gauze over it to prevent it from cutting the inside of your mouth. Take an aspirin-free pain reliever if it hurts.
What to do if You Have a Loose Dental Restoration
Having a dental restoration such as a filling, crown, bridge, become loose or fall-out can make it difficult to chew and cause you pain. You can attempt to temporarily put the restoration back in place with over-the-counter dental cement, but know that’s a very temporary fix. You will need to get to our office as soon as possible. Even if you can’t get the restoration back in place, save it because we may be able to sanitize it and put it back in place. (Tooth-colored fillings cannot generally be reused.)
What to do if You Have an Unexplained Toothache
Never ignore a toothache! A toothache is your mouth’s way of telling you that something is wrong with your tooth. A toothache is often a sign of an infection or a cavity. When you come into our office for an emergency dental appointment, we can determine the source of your toothache. If there’s a cavity, we can painlessly repair it with a dental filling. If there’s an infection, we may need to perform a pain-free root canal.
In the interim, you can take an aspirin-free pain reliever to stop the toothache. (But even if the toothache goes away, you may still have a cavity or infection.) You may also want to try gargling with warm water, or applying a compress to the outside of your mouth.
Make An Appointment
Do you need an emergency dental appointment? Then call the emergency dental clinic at the office of Thomas J. Feder, DDS, PC, in Belleville, IL. You can reach our office at 618-219-1412. If you call soon enough, we can often offer same-day dental appointments.