Life doesn’t always cooperate with scheduled appointments. Dr. Parveen Sultana, Dr. Angela Gruber and her staff are always available if you have questions or concerns. But just in case, here are some pointers on how to handle some of the most common emergencies so you’ll know what you can do until you can get into the office.
Loss of a crown or implant
Don’t worry! A little petroleum jelly (for example, Vaseline) or denture adhesive gel can help. Put a little bit inside the crown, put the crown back over your tooth (it should be easy to find the right orientation, as it will only fit one way), and gradually bite down. That should push the crown back into place.
Broken tooth or filling
Of course you should call Dr. Parveen Sultana or Dr. Angela Gruber right away. But you don’t need to do too much to the tooth before you get into the office. Just avoid chewing on that side of your mouth and avoid touching the tooth — even with your tongue. If your tooth hurts, an over-the-counter remedy like ibuprofen or Orajel should do the trick until you can get in to the office.
Broken baby tooth
Clean your child’s mouth with warm salt water and make sure your child has no signs of other facial injuries. Check to make sure the tooth is a baby tooth and not an adult tooth. If you think there’s a chance that it’s an adult tooth, put the tooth in milk and bring it with you to Wilshire Smile Studio when you bring in your child.
Knocked-out adult tooth
You will need to act quickly, but there is a chance to save the tooth. First, hold the tooth by the top (and not the roots) and try to put it back in its socket. If you can’t do that, put the tooth in milk or hold it gently in your mouth between your cheek and gum until you can get to the dentist’s office.
Tooth pushed or knocked out of alignment
Don’t try to push the tooth back into place yourself – you don’t want to risk shifting the alignment of your other teeth. Call Dr. Parveen Sultana or Dr. Angela Gruber for an emergency appointment and take an over-the-counter pain medication until you can get into the office.
Strong pain and swelling outside of office hours
If over-the counter pain relievers aren’t working, call us. Dr. Parveen Sultana or Dr. Angela Gruber can prescribe a stronger pain medicine or antibiotics and call it directly into your pharmacy, and then get you on the schedule to be seen the next day.
Even though you may have heard of it as a home remedy, don’t put aspirin directly on your teeth or gums.
And remember: The best way to keep dental emergencies from happening in the first place is to get regular check-ups and take good care of your smile.