A sudden toothache, broken tooth, or lost filling--any dental emergency can be a frightening experience for someone. If it happens at night, you may fear that you could be in pain or unable to chew until your Midland, MI dentist reopens during regular business hours. It is always imperative to see your dentist as soon as possible in a dental emergency, but Dr. Kathryn Winkel has some steps you can take to minimize the pain or help to save your tooth until you can see her.
When you develop a toothache, remove any debris from the affected area using warm salt water and dental floss. A cold compress on the outside of your mouth will help reduce swelling and pain. Call your Midland dentist right away, especially if you notice any sign of infection as it could spread to other areas of the body if left untreated. Your dentist may be able to prescribe a painkiller or antibiotics over the phone until you can be seen.
Lost Fillings and Crowns
Until you can see your dentist, pick up dental cement from your local drug store. In the event of a lost filling, dental cement can be placed in the hole to help keep out food. If you've lost a crown, apply dental cement to the post and carefully reattach the crown. Do not force it as it could become damaged. Make an appointment with your Midland dentist right away and bring the crown with you to be reattached.
If you can find the tooth, gently rinse it off but be careful not to scrub or damage it further. Make sure to grab it from the crown and not from the roots. If you can, try to place the tooth back in the socket taking special care not to force it. Call your dentist immediately as they have the greatest chance of saving the tooth if it is inserted back into the socket within the hour. Until you are seen, keep the tooth in milk or use a product called Save-a-Tooth, available at some drug stores.
For any dental emergency, it is always important to contact your dentist as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the worse the pain, infection, or injury can become and the greater the chance you may lose the tooth. Dr. Kathryn Winkel in Midland, MI can meet all of your dental needs including preventative dentistry, general dentistry, and emergency dentistry.