At Lovett Dental Conroe, we offer various emergency dental services when you need dental care in Texas. If you have a dental emergency, do not wait to get help. Call our dentistry at 936-760-2400 for general dentistry services. Walk-ins are welcome! Additionally, follow this guide to help you minimize pain and help you get the care you need for a dental emergency.
To Help Minimize Pain In A Dental Emergency
When you experience a persistent or sudden toothache, there are several steps you can take. Clean out your mouth by rinsing thoroughly with warm water. Gently floss around the tooth to remove any food particles that may be trapped between your teeth or just under your gum line. If your tooth continues to hurt, see your dentist as soon as possible.
Some toothaches cause welling or are due to an abscess. If your gums hurt or begin to swell, see your dentist right away because gum pain or swelling can be symptoms of an abscess (infection) that forms in gum tissue or a tooth’s root. There are many reasons why gums can swell, become painful, or abscess. The only way to identify the underlying cause is a thorough exam by your dentist. If the abscess ruptures, you may experience a sudden rush of foul-smelling and foul-tasting fluid from the swollen or painful area. Rinse your mouth with warm water immediately.
To help stop the pain during a dental emergency, take a look at the following steps:
- Take Tylenol as directed on the bottle or packaging label.
- If your mouth is bleeding, stay calm. Do not take aspirin or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, or Aleve). These drugs are blood thinners (anticoagulants) and could make the bleeding worse.
- Apply an ice pack to the area in pain for up to 20 minutes every hour.
- Injured teeth and gums can create infections and other complications; contact your dentist as soon as possible.
- If your emergency is life-threatening, call 911 or go to the hospital emergency room for emergency medical service.
An Emergency Dentist is Prepared to Help with Braces
For a day or two after dental braces or retainers have been adjusted, you may experience discomfort. To help alleviate pain, rinse your mouth with warm salt water or take acetaminophen as directed on the packaging label. Follow the steps below to address small daily concerns that occasionally occur to braces wearers.
- Food Trapped Between Teeth: While this occurs often, it is not a dental emergency. To dislodge the food, try tying a small knot in the middle of some dental floss, or use an interproximal brush or toothpick.
- Piece of Appliance Inhaled: Call 911 immediately and go to the hospital emergency room for treatment.
- Piece of Appliance Swallowed: Call your dentist or orthodontist to discuss appropriate steps.
- A Poking Wire: Call your orthodontist to describe the situation and schedule an appointment. Use a Q-tip or pencil eraser to push the wire flat against the tooth. If the wire cannot be moved into a comfortable position, cover it with dental wax (available over the counter at your pharmacy).
- Bracket Knocked Off: Call your orthodontist to describe the situation and schedule an appointment. If the loose bracket has rotated on the wire and is sticking out, attempt to turn it back into its normal position. To minimize the loose brace movement, use dental wax (available over the counter at your pharmacy).
- Lost Wire or Ligature: If you found the rubber ligature, you may be able to put it back in place using sterile tweezers. If not, you may need to schedule an appointment with your orthodontist.
- Mouth Sores: If your mouth sores are caused by having new braces, apply a topical anesthetic (available over-the-counter at your pharmacy). To alleviate pain, take acetaminophen as directed on the packaging label.
Dealing with Chipped, Broken, Or Knocked Out Teeth
If you’ve chipped or broken a tooth, it may be possible to reattach the pieces to your tooth, but only your dentist can tell you for sure. Take the following steps and see your dentist right away. Remember to take the pieces with you.
- Rinse your mouth with warm water to clean it and apply gauze to the area. Use firm pressure to stop the bleeding. Try to find the chipped or broken tooth pieces right away.
- When the bleeding stops, apply a cold compress to the injured area to minimize swelling. If bleeding does not stop after ten minutes of constant, firm pressure, see your dentist or go to the emergency room.
- Save the tooth’s pieces and gently rinse with warm water.
- Place the pieces in a small container and cover them with milk, water with a pinch of salt, or saliva from the injured person.
How to Address a Lost Filling or Crown
If a dental filling or crown is knocked out or otherwise lost, you can relieve pain caused by air in contact with the exposed part of your tooth using clove oil (available over the counter in pharmacies and supermarkets). Just dip a cotton swab in clove oil and apply it to the exposed part of your tooth. Putting an ice pack on your face over the area that hurts also may relieve the pain. Schedule an appointment with your dentist.
If you found the filling, put it in a safe place and take it with you when you see your dentist. To make your tooth more comfortable, fill the hole in your tooth with tooth wax or cement (available over the counter at your pharmacy). Do not use any household adhesives in your mouth.
If you found the dental crown, you may temporarily replace it yourself until you see your dentist. Gently clean any debris from the inside of your crown.
To the inside of your crown, apply denture adhesive, dental cement, or toothpaste before slipping the crown back in place to protect your tooth.