Dental emergencies can be an unfortunate part of life. You may have cracked a tooth while eating your favorite candy bar or made a game-winning play that resulted in a knocked-out tooth.
Our team at Uptown Comprehensive Dentistry and Prosthodontics can handle any dental emergency, and we’re here to help get your smile back on track. Here are some ways you can always be prepared for a dental emergency.
A knocked-out tooth can be painful and quite shocking. However, it’s important to remain calm. First and foremost, call your emergency dentist and get to the dental office as quickly and safely as possible.
If you find the dislodged tooth, please collect it by avoiding the root. Carefully rinse the tooth and keep it moist in a container of your saliva or warm milk. If you try to reinsert it in the socket, press down gently but don’t bite down or force it in. Time is of the essence with a knocked-out tooth, and it can mean the difference between saving your natural smile and needing a tooth replacement.
A cracked, fractured, or broken tooth is prone to infection and pain. Immediately gargle warm water or saline solution to clean the area and place an ice pack on the outside of your cheek. Please get in touch with your emergency dentist so we can repair your tooth quickly. If the tooth has jagged edges, you can place dental wax or sugar-free gum on it to prevent cuts on your lips or cheeks.
Cut Tongue or Lip
Biting your tongue or lip is never pleasant, especially if the pain doesn't subside or you're bleeding. Rinse your mouth with warm water to keep your mouth clean. You may apply an ice pack to help with swelling and discomfort. If pain or bleeding doesn't stop, please call us.
Toothaches may not seem too dangerous, but they can indicate serious oral health concerns, like an infection or deep cavity. Call your dentist for an appointment, and in the meantime, rinse with warm water or a saline solution to remove food debris and combat growing bacteria.
Food or Object Stuck Between Teeth
If something is jammed between your teeth, gently run a string of dental floss around the area to try to remove it. Do not poke around your mouth with a toothpick, pin, or anything sharp that can damage your gums or teeth. See your dentist immediately if you’re in severe pain or experience bleeding.
Contact Your Emergency Dentist in Aurora, CO
If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, don’t wait until it’s too late to ask for help. Dr. John Chen is a gentle and skilled emergency dentist in Aurora who can quickly relieve your discomfort and develop the best treatment plan for your smile.
You can reach our dental office by calling (303) 627-5755.