Toothaches are a common dental emergency. There are many things that can cause toothaches, ranging from something as simple as a cavity that needs to be filled to an infection of a tooth or the gums. If you are experiencing tooth pain, take over-the-counter pain medication, apply a cold pack to the area, and call your dentist.
Cracked or Broken Teeth
On occasion, an impact to the mouth or bad luck and circumstances can cause a tooth to crack or break completely. A cracked tooth can become a serious problem very quickly is not addressed. If you happen to crack or break a tooth, avoid chewing on the tooth and call your dentist as soon as possible.
A Tooth Falls Out
If you have a permanent tooth completely knocked out (avulsed), there is a chance the tooth can be saved with quick action. If a tooth is knocked out, rinse the tooth with cold water if it is dirty (do NOT scrub the tooth!), and if possible place the tooth back into the socket. If this is not possible, place the tooth in a glass of milk, and get to the dentist ASAP. If milk is not available, the best option is to wrap the tooth with gauze or tissue and place the wrapped tooth in your mouth, holding the tooth between your lower teeth and cheek. This will keep the tooth moist and is a much better option than placing the tooth in a glass of water. The period in which a knocked-out tooth can be replaced is extremely short, with the best chances being within the first hour. If your child happens to have a baby tooth knocked-out, there is no way it can be replaced. If your unsure whether it is a baby or permanent tooth, treat it as though is is permanent and see your dentist right away.
Losing a Filling
Fillings have a limited lifespan. If you lose a filling, contact a dentist immediately. If it is not possible to see the dentist immediately, you can purchase temporary filling material at most drug stores or grocery store; however, this is a only a short-term repair. You should avoid eating with an open cavity, as this can cause unnecessary pain and potential dental problems afterwards.
With any dental emergency, it is critical to see a dentist ASAP to avoid pain and other problems. At Hutto Premier Dentistry, we always welcome new patients and will work to see emergencies the same day if possible.