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Emergency Dentistry & Same-Day Treatment

Emergency Dentistry & Same-Day Treatment Q & A

What types of dental emergencies call for same-day treatment?

The following dental emergencies are an example of when you should urgently seek same-day treatment with Dr. Salim:

  • Avulsed teeth (knocked out)

  • Lost fillings or crowns
  • Cracked or broken teeth
  • Dislodged or loose teeth

Getting emergency treatment ASAP can mean the difference between saving or losing your tooth. Dr. Salim typically leaves openings in his daily schedule to accommodate same-day treatments.

What should I do directly after an emergency?

Before coming to Gorgeous Smile, Dr. Salim recommends taking the condition-specific following steps, if possible, to improve your outcome.

Avulsed teeth (knocked out)

Pick up your tooth by its crown and rinse it under warm water without touching the root. If possible, place the tooth back into its socket. If not, tuck the tooth into your cheek pouch. If you can’t place your tooth back in your mouth, keep it in a cup of milk, saliva, or water to prevent the tooth from drying out.

Lost filling or crown

Don’t use any kind of glue to affix your crown. It’s important to get to the office as quickly as possible so the situation doesn’t worsen. If you’re out of town, you may want to try cleaning your crown or filling then attaching it onto your tooth with dental cement, which you can purchase at a local pharmacy. Smearing the top of your tooth with dental cement may alleviate discomfort.

Cracked or broken tooth

Rinse your tooth fragment and mouth with lukewarm water. Apply gauze to the affected area for ten minutes if you’re bleeding. Place a cold, damp dishtowel on your cheek to minimize swelling and pain. Cover the affected area with over-the-counter dental cement if you cannot schedule an appointment with Dr. Salim immediately. Topical pain relievers can also help.

Dislodged/loose tooth

Use a cold compress and over-the-counter medications to relieve pain.

How can I prevent dental emergencies?

To limit your risk of dental emergencies, Dr. Salim recommends wearing a mouthguard when playing contact sports or participating in recreational activities and avoiding hard foods, such as ice, hard candies, or popcorn kernels.

If you experience a dental emergency, call the office right away, explain what happened and try to get seen as quickly as possible.

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