Being prepared for dental emergencies can be an important step in minimizing their consequences. Here are some tips:
- Broken tooth: Rinse your mouth out with warm water; try to keep the area clean. If uncomfortable, then take Ibuprofen or Tylenol. Hot/cold sensitivity is normal. Throbbing pain usually means that the nerve may be damaged. If swelling develops, ice the area. Call our office immediately.
- Tooth knocked out of mouth: Hold the tooth by the crown; this is the part of the tooth you could always see, the top of the tooth. Rinse it gently with cool water if the tooth is dirty but do not scrub or remove any tissue that is attached. If possible, gently reinsert tooth into tooth socket and hold in place. If this is not possible, place tooth in a small container of milk or water and call our office immediately. Don’t forget the tooth! If uncomfortable, take Ibuprofen or Tylenol. Timing is very important!
- Toothache: Rinse your mouth with warm water to flush the area. Use floss to dislodge any food or other debris that may be trapped between teeth. Do not put any aspirin or any other pills on your gum tissue. Ice packs may help. Take your temperature to see if you may have an infection, especially if you have visible swelling in that area. Try taking three 200 mg Ibuprofens for pain control. Call us immediately.
- Something stuck between teeth. Try and remove by carefully flossing the area with Glide floss. If unsuccessful, call us to set up an appointment. Avoid using sharp objects in your attempts to remove.
- Cuts/trauma on tongue, lips, etc. Clean the area gently with water and a washcloth. Put on pressure to stop the bleeding area. If swelling starts, use an ice pack. If bleeding does not stop, call us or go to an emergency room.
- Possible broken jaw: Try to immobilize. Place a handkerchief, necktie, or towel around the jaw and over the top of your head. If swelling is noticeable, then apply an ice pack. Call us immediately or go to an emergency room.
- Crown, bridge, or onlay out: Attempt to put back in place. There is only one-way to position on tooth and allow your teeth to fit together, you could place some denture adhesive (Fixodent) inside restoration to help stay in place. Call our office. In a true emergency, when you need to see a doctor immediately, call Rubino Dentistry’s office 847-825-1002 or Rubino Dentistry’s emergency cell phone at 847-636-6436.
If you have experienced any of these emergencies and are in need of attention, come to Rubino Dentistry.