Emergency Dentistry Frequently Asked Questions

How do I stop a toothache?

Tooth pain can be spontaneous and most always inconvenient. Most causes of a toothache are either an infection or nerve pain. If tooth pain wakes you up at night, if it lingers or is severe, then this is the time to call our office and be seen. Typically Ibuprofen with Tylenol is a good combination for temporary toothache relief.

What do I do if I broke or chipped my tooth?

Accidents can happen anytime. If you chipped or broke a tooth, it’s important to see your dentist to avoid permanent damage. When a tooth chips or breaks,  the seal of the tooth is compromised.  A broken tooth can lead  to an infection, tooth loss, pain and additional procedures. It’s best to treat the problem while it is small. Rinse with salt water, keep any broken pieces and bring them with you to your appointment. If the tooth is sensitive, oil of clove or Orajel can relieve dental pain.

What do I do if a cap came off?

Wash it in salt water, rinse your mouth with salt water and try to press it back into place. Use temporary dental cement from a pharmacy if necessary to hold the crown in place. Do not use super glue.  Call your dentist as soon as possible and have the  crown re-cemented. If putting it back is impossible, bring the crown with you to your appointment.

What can I do if my gums are bleeding?

Bleeding gums is not a life threatening emergency. Bleeding gums probably means that there is inflammation in your gums called gingivitis. Left untreated bleeding gums can lead to tooth loss and dental pain. A good cleaning may be just what the doctor ordered.

If your bleeding gums are painful as well, do not wait and schedule an appointment to have your mouth looked at by a dental professional. In the meantime, rinse with salt water and continue with your oral hygiene routine like brushing and flossing.

I knocked out my tooth, what can I do?

Rinse the tooth in salt water, rinse the mouth out with salt water.  Call your dentist immediately. Find Hank’s Balanced Salt Solution (HBSS) at any drug store and place the tooth in HBSS on your way to the dentist. Bring the tooth with you in HBSS. A tooth can be re-inserted back thus avoiding many additional procedures.