If you should suffer from a dental emergency, such as from a sports injury or an impact to the mouth, contact your dental office as soon as possible to make an appointment. Some dentist offices offer emergency hours or appointments, so you may be able to see them on the same day or the next day. You may also be able to get a referral to a different trusted specialist. If neither of these is an option, make an appointment with D.C. Urgent Care to have your injury treated. In the meantime, you can take these steps to preserve the health of your teeth and gums.
- Toothache: A toothache can have several different causes, so it is important to see your dentist to determine the source of the pain. Clean the mouth by rinsing with warm salt water to displace any food lodged between the teeth and gums. A cold compress can be applied if there is any facial swelling and acetaminophen can be helpful to deal with pain.
- Cracked or Broken Tooth: Collect all the pieces of the tooth that you can. Apply a dental cement to help with pain and help to preserve the tooth.
- Knocked-out Tooth: Retrieve the tooth and rinse it gently. Do not clean it and handle it only by the crown and not the root. Keep it in a container of milk or saliva until your dentist can attempt to put it back in its socket.