You know how your toilet only clogs at night or on the weekends. The same is true when your furnace breaks down or your water heater blows a leak. These calamities of daily life don’t exactly wait for standard office hours to occur.
The same is true with emergencies with your teeth. Whether you’re dealing with knocked out teeth, broken teeth, lost fillings, loose crowns, broken bridges, severe toothaches, or even objects stuck in your teeth, they rarely happen between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
At Gentle Dental, that’s why we offer extended hours Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights, and are open on Saturdays. You shouldn’t ignore injuries to your teeth, as the odds are they will worsen with waiting. Here are some of the reasons to utilize our emergency services at Gentle Dental:
Knocked out teeth
OK, you just got a tooth knocked out in a pond hockey game down in Wayne. Now what? First, retrieve the tooth and rinse it off with water, but don’t scrub it or remove any tissue fragments as they can help to save the tooth. Rinse your mouth out with warm water and then try and put the tooth back in place, making sure it is facing the correct direction. If you can’t do this, place the tooth in a small container filled with milk or in water with a pinch of salt. See us as soon as possible — knocked out teeth have a much higher chance of being saved if they are attended to be a dentist within the first few hours after the incident.
Chipped or broken teeth
If you’ve chipped or broken a tooth, again save as many pieces as you can. Rinse your mouth out with warm water and rinse the tooth pieces. If you have bleeding, place a piece of gauze over the spot and lightly compress it until the bleeding stops. Address any pain with a cold compress pressed to the outside of the mouth or cheek. Call us immediately.
Lost fillings or crowns
If a filling comes out or a crown detaches, it isn’t as imperative to see us immediately. First, find the crown. If possible, try and reattach it to the tooth with over-the-counter dental cement or denture adhesive. For a filling, you can fill the gap with sugarless gum or dental cement. Clove oil from the drug store or grocery can help reduce any pain.
Toothaches can be very painful, but also quite fleeting. When one comes on thoroughly rinse your mouth with warm water first. Floss your teeth to remove any food or other debris. Take Advil to see if it fully alleviates the pain. If the pain does not go away, call us so that we can take a look.
If you’ve gotten something stuck between your teeth, try to remove the item gently. If you cannot remove it, call us immediately. Don’t try and remove it with a sharp object, as you can scratch and damage the teeth and gums.