What to do in a dental emergency?
What should you do if you have a serious toothache and your dentist isn’t available? If you’re in agony and painkillers aren’t working, we suggest you call a dental centre that is available for emergencies 24 hours a day.
Here are a few other tips.
Clean the wound and apply a cold compress to the sore spot. Place the lost tooth in saliva without rinsing it and bring it to your emergency appointment. For a loose tooth, you may try to gently put it back in place.
Use analgesics such as Tylenol or Motrin to relieve the pain and apply an ice compress to the sore spot. See a dentist as soon as possible because the pain may indicate a serious problem.
- My child has knocked out a milk tooth:
Rinse the mouth with warm water and place the broken tooth in salt water (1/2 teaspoon of salt in a cup of water), then call a dental clinic that offers emergency appointments 24 hours a day.
- A filling has fallen out:
Rinse your mouth with warm water and apply orthodontic wax or sugar-free gum to the tooth if it is sensitive or painful. Have the tooth repaired as soon as possible.