Whether you’ve tripped and banged your teeth, have bitten into something too hard or are just having rotten luck, dental emergencies can happen for all sorts of reasons. Luckily, while you wait to see your local emergency dentist in Fort McMurray, there are steps you can take to relieve discomfort and protect your teeth.
Broken or Chipped Tooth
When a tooth is chipped or broken and the dentin becomes exposed, people often experience severe sensitivity. If you have any over-the-counter painkillers at home, read the instructions carefully and take the prescribed dosage. You can also pack sugar-free gum around the tooth to cover the exposed dentin.
Knocked Out Tooth
If you lose a tooth, clean out your mouth with warm salt water and make sure there is no debris in the gum. Next, rinse the tooth with water, taking extra care not to touch the root. Finally, try to put the tooth back into its socket. Again, take over-the-counter painkillers to relieve some of the discomfort. Be sure to visit your dentist as soon as possible to make sure your tooth will heal properly.
Severe Gum and Tooth Pain
A variety of issues can cause gum and tooth pain, including injury to the nerve, tooth decay and infection. Ask your pharmacist for an appropriate painkiller while you wait to see a dentist.
If the gum is swelling or bleeding, seek immediate dental treatment, as this may indicate a more serious problem, such as an abscess.
Losing a Filling
Although a filling is pretty small, try and keep hold of it. Filling replacement kits—available from most drugstores—can be used to provide effective temporary relief for up to 48 hours.
Losing a Crown
While you wait to see a dentist, you should clean your crown with water and place it back onto the tooth using a special paste that can be found in pharmacies:
Apply the paste to the crown, according to the instructions.
Fit the crown back onto the tooth.
Bite your teeth together to seal the crown to the tooth.