Our main goal at Carbonear Dental is to stop your pain. If you have a dental emergency, such as a lost tooth, tooth ache or lost filling, our dentists will see you promptly. We encourage you to walk-in so we can treat you even sooner!
When it comes to dental emergencies, we've seen it all! Here are some common dental emergencies and how you should handle them.
At Carbonear Dental, we always want to help you get out of pain quickly. To ease your pain, you can try an over-the-counter pain remedy or try holding an ice pack against your face where you are experiencing pain. When you have a tooth ache, we are happy to see you on the same day.
Chipped or broken tooth
A broken or chipped tooth can almost always be saved. There are lots of dental procedures that can help you restore your teeth to their natural look and function. If it's a small break, your dentist can use a white filling to fix the tooth. If the break is serious, a root canal may be needed.
Knocked out tooth
If you lose a permanent or adult tooth, you need to call us right away. If the tooth is put back in place within 10 minutes, it has a fair chance of taking root again. After 2 hours, the chances are poor. Call us immediately!
If the tooth looks clean, put it back in its place (its socket). If this is not possible, try putting the tooth in a container of cold milk.
Once a tooth is lost, the nerves and blood vessels cannot be repaired. However, the bone can reattach to the root of the tooth once it's put back into place.
Badly bitten lip or tongue
If there is bleeding, press down on the part of the mouth that is bleeding. Use a clean cloth to do this.
If the lip is swollen, use an ice pack to keep the swelling down. If the bleeding does not stop, go to Emergency at a hospital right away.
Something stuck between teeth
Common things that can be lodged between teeth include, popcorn, meat or corn.
First try removing the piece of food with dental floss.
Reduce the urge to poke between your teeth with anything sharp that can damage your gums or scratch the tooth surface.
If you can't remove the object, give us a call and we will remove it for you.
Put a piece of softened sugarless chewing gum in the spot where the filling was lost.
You can also apply a little clove oil to the sensitive area with a cotton swab. You can buy clove oil in drugstores or in the spice aisles of many grocery stores.