James Goolnik from Bow Lane Dental Group is talking about common types of Dental Emergencies and how to deal with them at home.
Dental-related pain has been described as the worst type of pain anyone can possibly experience. This is why it is important to see a dentist as soon as possible when you feel the onset of a toothache.
Here are the most common types of Dental Emergencies:
How to deal with a broken tooth or lost filling- 0:29
If the tooth is not sharp or sensitive then no need for anything urgent just book an appointment to see your dentist. Often when it first breaks it is very sensitive but then subsides after a few hours. If the tooth is still sensitive or sharp then you can use a temporary filling material from the pharmacy or Amazon. You first dry the tooth with a tissue or cotton wool then add a small amount of paste and bite together. They usual set when they mix with saliva. Do not eat for 15 minutes and then avoid eating on that tooth.
Lost cap or crown -1:23
Firstly, do not panic, clean the crown under running water and try and remove any debris or old glue. You can use a matchstick or end of a paperclip. Then check it fits back in your mouth and the bite is correct. If not then place it somewhere safe and make an appointment to see your dentist. Don’t forget to bring it in to that appointment. If the tooth is sensitive try and avoid eating on that side and rub in sensitive toothpaste 2-3 times a day.
If it does goes fit back and you have practised putting it back a few times, dry the crown with a tissue or cotton wool and use some temporary glue (online or from your pharmacy). Place a small amount in the crown and refit it. Bite down until it feels normal, then wipe away the excess glue. Still try and avoid eating on it. Never use superglue.
Lost veneer -2:28
You cannot refix these at home so put it somewhere safe, wrap it gently in a tissue and put in a matchbox and bring it to your dental appointment. Again, if the tooth is sensitive avoid eating on it and rub sensitive toothpaste in 2-3 times a day.
Adult tooth knocked out -2:48
Lost adult tooth caused by trauma. If the entire tooth including the root comes out of the socket, you should try and replace it into the socket and see a dentist immediately. A less desirable option is to put the tooth in milk or a small pit of your saliva.
Orthodontic emergency -3:42
Lost bracket, loose or sharp wire can be dealt with using orthodontic wax.
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