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Dental Emergencies: What to Do Until You See a Dentist

November 10, 2022 / DENTISTRY
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Dental emergencies can strike when you least expect them. Whether it's a sudden toothache, a chipped tooth, or a knocked-out tooth, knowing how to respond can make all the difference in saving your smile. In this blog, we'll explore common dental emergencies and provide you with essential guidance on what to do until you can see our dental team.

Toothaches: The Nagging Pain
Toothaches can range from mild discomfort to excruciating pain. Rinse your mouth with warm water and gently floss to remove any debris or food particles that might be causing the pain. Over-the-counter pain relievers can help manage the discomfort until you can get professional care.

Chipped or Cracked Teeth: Preserve What You Have
If you chip or crack a tooth, save any broken pieces and rinse your mouth with warm water. Use a cold compress on the outside of your cheek to reduce swelling. Avoid chewing on the damaged tooth and contact us to schedule an appointment soon as possible to prevent further damage.

Knocked-Out Tooth: Time is of the Essence
A knocked-out tooth is one of the most urgent dental emergencies. Hold the tooth by the crown (not the root), gently rinse it, and try to place it back in the socket if possible. If that's not feasible, store it in milk or a tooth preservation solution, and see our dental team immediately. The sooner you act, the better your chances of saving the tooth.

Lost Fillings or Crowns: Protect the Area
A lost filling or crown can expose sensitive areas of your tooth. Over-the-counter dental cement or temporary dental adhesive can be used to cover the affected area. Ensure you see our dental team soon to prevent further complications.

Abscess: An Infection to Address
Abscesses are painful, often accompanied by fever and swelling. Rinse your mouth with warm, salty water and use over-the-counter pain relief until you can see our dental team. An abscess requires prompt treatment to prevent the infection from spreading.

Your Dental Lifeline
In any dental emergency, the most critical step is to contact us at Dr. Dan Foresto Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Windsor immediately, by calling (519) 972-6148. We're here for you, ready to provide the expert care you need to restore your dental health. Don't hesitate to reach out, especially if you're an existing patient. If you're new to our practice, we welcome you with open arms, prepared to offer compassionate, efficient, and professional dental care. Your smile is our priority, and we're here to ensure it remains bright and healthy.

Remember, dental emergencies can happen to anyone at any time. Being prepared and knowing what to do can make all the difference. Stay vigilant, stay safe, and remember, your dentist is just a phone call away. Your smile is worth it!

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