If you’re like most Americans, you put off going to the doctor or the dentist until its absolutely necessary. If you’re having a life-threatening emergency, you should call 911 or go directly to the nearest hospital. If you’re unsure whether your dental pain is an emergency or not, call our office 24 hours a day and we’ll get back to you to about your situation. Here are some tips that can help you know if you should make dental care a priority to prevent losing a tooth.
My Tooth Got Knocked Out
- Save the tooth. Don’t touch the roots of the tooth. Pick it up by the top of the tooth, or the crown, the part you would see in your mouth.
- Don’t remove any tissue attached to the tooth. You can rinse it gently to clean it off.
- If you can insert the tooth back into the socket, do so. Hold it in place by gently biting down.
- If you can’t put the tooth back in the mouth, put it in a small container. If you can cover it with milk, that is preferable, but at the very least, keep it safe.
- Get to the dentist ASAP.
My Tooth Is Chipped or Cracked
- Are you bleeding from your mouth?
- Are you in extreme pain?
- Have you lost teeth?
- Were you hit in the face or mouth?
- Is your face or mouth swelling?
- Are you experiencing pain when you bite down?