Even if you practice proper, regular dental hygiene, dental emergencies may occur. Dr. Steven J. Brazis and our team stress the importance of knowing what to do in these situations. There are things you can do at home to relieve discomfort and to minimize damage before you come in to our office.
Rinse your mouth with warm water if you have a toothache. Use a cold compress to reduce any swelling. You may take over-the-counter pain medication to relieve discomfort, but do not apply aspirin to the area. See our dentist as soon as possible.
Chipped or Cracked Tooth
If you chip or crack a tooth, clean the area by rinsing your mouth with warm water. Save any tooth fragments in a glass of water or milk and bring them to our office with you as soon as possible. Use a cold compress to reduce swelling.
Knocked Out Tooth
If a blow to the face or another accident has knocked out one of your teeth, rinse the tooth in water, but do not remove any gum tissue fragments. Try to gently reinsert the tooth into its socket. Do not force it. If you can’t easily reinsert the tooth, store it in a cup of milk or between your cheek and gums. Bring your tooth with you when you come to our office.
If you are suffering from a dental emergency, please contact our office at 916-731-5151 as soon as possible for a visit with our dentist in Sacramento, California.