Do not hesitate to contact a dentist immediately in cases of emergency. You will usually receive prompt attention because most dentists make provisions for emergencies.
Find below some dental emergencies and their first aid routines, for use pending when the dentist can see you.
- Loose or misaligned tooth - If possible, carefully get the tooth back to its original position.
- Chipped tooth - If the tooth does not feel painful, your dentist may not consider it an emergency. Nevertheless, be mindful of how you chew so as not to aggravate the situation. The dentist will have to fill up the chipped away portion or smoothen it depending on how big the chip is.
- Knocked-out tooth - handle the tooth with care. Do not touch the root, rather hold it by the crown and rinse gently. If you can, gently put the tooth back into its socket, otherwise, put it in a small quantity of water or milk.
- Fractured tooth - Once you notice your tooth is cracked, quickly rinse your mouth very well with warm water. Next, place a cold compress on it to reduce swelling, and then take a painkiller.