A cracked tooth or broken crown can be scary and stressful. You may be in pain and not know who to call or where to turn. Fortunately, Greenspoint Dental offers emergency dental services to patients in the Houston area. When you have a dental emergency, call 281-761-7704 to get help immediately.
If you can’t see the dentist for a few hours, don’t worry. There are a few helpful steps you can can take while you wait.
A broken tooth can be extremely painful. Take a painkiller and, after calling your dentist, make sure you rinse your mouth with warm water. Then apply a cold compress to the area to keep down any swelling.
A cracked tooth can also be painful. If you have a cracked tooth, avoid chewing on that side of your mouth and try not to eat any hard or sticky foods. In addition, you can also rinse your mouth with salt water and take a painkiller.
Knocked Out Tooth
If you’ve had a tooth knocked out, rinse off the tooth in water. Do not scrub or remove any attached tissue fragments. If you can, hold the tooth in its socket until you can see a dentist. If this isn’t possible, put the tooth in a glass of milk. Milk can help keep the tissue cells on the root alive until the tooth is replanted.
Don’t wait for a dentist. Go straight to the emergency room. Apply a cold compress to control swelling.
Protruding or Broken Braces Wire
A protruding wire can cause considerable discomfort, but do not cut the wire. A cut wire can be accidently swallowed. Instead, call up your dentist or orthodontist and schedule an appointment. You may also rinse out your mouth with saltwater.