A broken tooth, toothache, or any trauma to the mouth can cause panic in anyone, but stay calm. There are steps you can take immediately to prevent additional damage during a dental emergency. In any emergency, call Dr. Kevin Bone, D.D.S., at (989) 792-7461 as soon as possible. We will respond to you as soon as we can. You also can text us at (989) 252-7610.
Knocked Out Teeth
Pick up the tooth by the chewing surface, not the root. If it’s dirty, rinse it lightly with milk or cold water. Do not wipe it off. Wiping it with any fabric could damage the tooth. Keep the tooth moist. Drop it into a glass of milk or place it in your mouth between the cheek and gum. If the tooth is from a youngster, have him or her spit into a cup and use that to store the tooth. If possible, reposition it in the socket. You need to see a dentist within 30 minutes for best results.
Cracked or Broken Teeth
A cracked or broken tooth isn’t always an emergency. Depending on where it is located and whether or not it hurts, you may be able to wait for normal business hours. Please call our office so we can help you determine if it is an emergency.
While you wait, you can take steps to relieve pain or discomfort. Rinse your mouth well with warm salt water. If you are bleeding, apply pressure with a piece of gauze or a tea bag. Applying a cold pack over your cheek or lips will reduce swelling. Over-the-counter pain relievers and temporary dental cement also are available at most drugstores and can help until you get to the dentist’s office.
Lost Filling or Crown
A lost filling or crown is rarely an emergency, but it can be painful. Call us as soon as possible so we can schedule an appointment. What is left of your tooth is more vulnerable to damage.
While you wait, here’s what you can do to relieve discomfort. Apply a little clove oil (available at most drugstores) to the tooth to relieve pain. If you still have the crown, you may be able to clean it and slip it back onto the tooth with temporary dental cement (also available at most drugstores.) Even if you can’t slip it back onto your tooth, put the crown in a safe place and bring it to your appointment. You also can put a little dental cement directly on the tooth to protect the area.
Lacerations & Cuts
Any kind of cut to your face and the delicate soft tissues inside your mouth should be addressed immediately in order to prevent further tissue damage and infection. Rinsing with saltwater immediately and after meals helps reduce the risk of infection. If your lip is swollen or bruised, apply a cold compress. If it is bleeding, apply pressure with a clean cloth.
If a tooth is loose, call us today. If the injury involves a broken facial bone, you may need to consult an oral or plastic surgeon.
Seek immediate medical care under these circumstances:
- You can’t stop the bleeding
- The cut appears especially deep
- The cut extends across the border between the lip and facial skin
- The lip is punctured or appears infected