Any injury to your teeth and gums should never be taken lightly, as it has the potential to lead to more serious dental health problems. In the event of a dental emergency, please call our office so Dr. Novak can assist you with the appropriate care. Below are a few tips to follow before your visit to ensure that your treatment when you finally see us is as seamless as possible.
For severe toothaches, we recommend taking certain pain relief medicines such as Ibuprofen or Tylenol for temporary relief until you visit our office.
In the event you have a permanent tooth that has been moved out of place due to an injury, apply a cold compress to the outside of the mouth in the affected area. If you feel discomfort, take a pain relief medication as needed.
If your tooth has been completely knocked out, be sure to only pick up the tooth by the crown (the top portion) and avoid touching the root. Gently wash the tooth with warm water and place it on the inside your cheek or a small container of milk. This will preserve the tooth so we may be able to put it back in place.
Immediately rinse your mouth with warm salt water to clean the area. Place a cold compress on the face to reduce any swelling that may be present.
If a part or all of your filling becomes dislodged from your teeth, immediately rinse your mouth with warm salt water. You can use an over-the-counter dental cement to temporarily seal the area, or use a piece of sugarless gum.
If your crown restoration loosens, try to slip the crown back into place with temporary dental cement, toothpaste, or a denture adhesive until your visit with us.
If you experience an injury to the soft tissues of your mouth, such as the tongue, cheeks, gums, and lips, rinse the area with a mild salt-water solution. Apply pressure to the area with a moistened piece of gauze or a tea bag to reduce or stop bleeding. If you experience swelling, apply a cold compress to the outside of the mouth near the area for 5-10 minutes.