Emergencies are a fact of life. It is not a matter of if an emergency will strike, but when. Dental emergencies are no different. At some point in everyone’s life, they will find themselves in urgent need of a dentist. When you have a dental emergency, you should contact Dr. Russel R. Jacinto at Russel R. Jacinto, DMD as soon as possible, and we will get you in as soon as possible. But what can you do until that time?
If you have had a tooth knocked out, rinse it with cool water. Do not handle it by the roots, and try to fit it back into the socket. If it will fit, hold it in place by gently biting down on it through a piece of gauze. You can’t put it back, place it in milk, a tooth preservative, or hold it between your cheek and gum until you can get into the office. You should see a dentist within 30 minutes, however, you may have a window of two hours during which the tooth may remain viable.
If you break or crack a tooth, you can rinse the area with warm water, but you will still need to see the dentist as soon as possible. Note that in some cases, you may not know that you have a cracked tooth unless you experience discomfort when biting or chewing, or when the tooth is exposed to heat or cold.
For a toothache, try flossing to remove any food or foreign particles from the tooth, and rinse with warm water. Use an over-counter-pain reliever if you feel any discomfort.
A lost crown can be held in place with dental cement. Cotton pellets or temporary filling material can be used as a replacement for a missing filling.
If you live in the Glendale, California area and have a dental emergency, or if you have another dental need, you can make an appointment by calling 818-296-0185. We look forward to seeing you soon!