Urgency is key when dealing with any dental health emergency. While it can be tempting to ignore the problem, it’s crucial to contact your dentist immediately to undergo corrective procedures and prevent additional complications like tooth loss and permanent damage to teeth and orthodontics.

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As you work to schedule your appointment, there are steps you can take at home to preserve traumatized areas. Below are some examples of dental emergencies and some corresponding best practices to follow as you’re waiting to see the dentist.

Crown detachment

If your crown becomes displaced, try coating the inside with drug store dental cement, toothpaste or denture adhesive. If this fails to hold it in place, schedule an appointment with your dentist to reattach the crown.

Dislodged Tooth

In the event your tooth gets knocked out, there are precautions you can take as you wait for emergency services. Start by rinsing off the tooth, taking care not to remove attached tissue. Next try reinserting the tooth. If that creates pain or discomfort, place the tooth in a glass of milk and visit a dentist as soon as possible.

Broken or chipped tooth

After suffering a broken or chipped tooth, rinse out your mouth with warm water to flush out any remaining fragments. If you’re bleeding, attach a piece of gauze to the wounded area until the blood flow ceases. To prevent swelling, place an ice pack against the traumatized area and schedule an appointment with your dentist immediately.

Dislodged filling

To temporarily adhere the filling to the tooth, press sugarless gum into the cavity or coat the filling with over the counter dental cement and place against the tooth. Once this is complete, schedule an appointment with a dentist straight away.

Broken Braces and/or Wiring 

If broken orthodontics are irritating your mouth, try using an eraser to push the wire into a different position. You can also cover the exposed wire tip with wax, a cotton ball, or gauze to prevent chafing. Contact your orthodontist as soon as possible to realign your wires.