When you bit into your favorite meal, did you have a tooth break? Maybe you woke up this morning to a severe toothache? No matter the problem, you are now facing a dental emergency. Although you never expected it to happen to you, it is estimated that 1 in 6 Americans will face one this year. When the unexpected occurs, you need immediate care from an emergency dentist. At Fairhope Modern Dentistry P.C., we are here for you. We will help you during the difficult times with a same-day appointment to quickly treat the problem, so you can get back to enjoying your day.
Don’t Wait to Call Your Dentist
As with any emergency, time is of the utmost importance. Although you may be tempted to wait until your next appointment to see your dentist, it could result in the loss of your tooth. You must contact our office right away to help save your tooth from needing to be removed. While you wait, there are several things you can do at home to make the situation a bit easier.
Knocked Out Tooth
Gently hold the tooth by the crown and rinse it with water. Do not use any soaps, cleaners, or scrub it. If you can, gently try to reinsert it back into the socket. If you are not successful, it must be kept moist, so place it in a cup of milk or water.
If a tooth has been knocked out of position, push it back into place a bite on a piece of gauze to hold it in place.
A toothache is never normal. In fact, it is often a sign of an infection. No matter if the pain is sudden or gradual, you will need to see your dentist right away. To manage your pain, take an over-the-counter pain reliever.
Rinse your mouth with salt water and keep your tooth clean. Avoid chewing on it until after it has been repaired. If any bleeding occurs, bite on gauze for 10 minutes or until it stops. Use cold compresses to the outside of the face to manage swelling. Over-the-counter pain relievers will help to stop any pain.
Do not try to repair a lost filling or crown on your own. Instead, keep your tooth clean and avoid placing pressure on it. Use home remedies to manage any pain or swelling.
If a denture or an oral appliance breaks, it is best to stop using it immediately to prevent causing injury to your mouth. Do not try to fix it. Put it in a safe place until after you see your dentist to have it repaired.
Call Your Dentist Today
If you are facing a dental emergency, you do not have to let it ruin your day. We will treat the problem to restore your oral health, so you can get back to your daily schedule. Contact our office today for a same-day appointment. If you have any questions about an unexpected dental problem, please do not hesitate to contact our office.