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Help! I Chipped a Tooth! How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
If you've ever dealt with a chipped tooth or a lost filling, your first reaction was likely to panic. While you’ll need to see a dental professional to correct the situation before it becomes any worse, there are a few things you can do to manage the situation until you can get in for an appointment. Here are some common dental emergencies and some tried-and-true tips for weathering the storm.
A chipped tooth in the front portion of the mouth can be visually terrifying. If a large part of the tooth has been knocked off, you'll want to save as much of it as you can. In the moments after the accident, rinse your mouth with warm water and place a cool cloth against the affected area. Cold compresses will guard against swelling and prevent pain from radiating to other areas of the mouth.
Fillings that have been in the mouth for several years may eventually fail. Because a failed filling will usually leave behind a dimple in the tooth, you should try to place a temporary cover over the hole until you can get to a reputable dentist. Some pharmacies sell over-the-counter cement mixtures that can be used for this purpose. When all else fails, a small piece of sugarless gum can be gently extended over the target tooth.
Lost crowns can sometimes present larger problems than even lost teeth. Usually made of gold, ceramic or porcelain, dental crowns are nearly always used on teeth that have been subjected to root canals. When crowns fall off, they can expose the lower sections of the teeth and lead to considerable amounts of pain. Clove oil can be applied to the area with a cotton ball to cut down on the discomfort. With the help of dental cement, you might even be able to gently maneuver the crown back into place. If the crown cannot be reattached, you should save it and see a dentist as soon as possible.
Hockey players, mountain bikers and other athletic enthusiasts are eminently familiar with lost teeth. If you've unceremoniously had one of your chompers knocked out, place the tooth in a cup of milk without removing any of the soft tissue from the roots. If you don't have milk, you can use water with a few sprinkles of salt. Because the future viability of the tooth will depend on how long it's been out of your mouth, you should visit an emergency dentist as soon as possible.
If you are looking for a dentist in Appleton and Sheboygan, WI, give us a call at Northstar Dental Group. We'll use sophisticated techniques to resolve your dental emergency and restore your smile.
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