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How to Handle 3 Common Dental Emergencies

June 23, 2016
Posted By: Dr. Roberto Monteagudo
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Dental emergencies are an inevitable part of life. The good news is that with prompt dental care, they don’t have to cause permanent damage!

If you are in pain or have damaged a tooth, call WisconsinSmiles, the office of Dr. Robert Monteagudo – your emergency dentist in Milwaukee, WI! We’ll diagnose the problem, relieve your discomfort, solve the immediate emergency, and create a treatment plan to prevent future problems.

We will get you in as quickly as possible because we know how much a dental emergency can wreck your day. In the meantime, here’s how you can handle the most common dental emergencies we see:

1. Infection or abscess

If you develop throbbing pain or notice a pimple-like lesion on your gum, call us right away! Dental infections can develop quickly and spread, and they don’t usually resolve on their own without treatment.

You can treat your discomfort and swelling with an over-the-counter pain reliever/anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen. Ice packs held to the cheek on the affected side for about 20 minutes at a time will also help relieve discomfort.

2. Lost or fractured tooth

With quick action, a lost tooth can often be restored! Find the tooth (or broken piece of the tooth). Rinse it in cool water, taking care not to touch any tissue left on the roots. If you can, replace the tooth in the socket and bite down to hold it in place.

If you can’t replace the tooth in the socket, place it in a container of milk, saltwater, or your own saliva and bring it with you to your appointment.

3. Lost restoration

A lost filling or crown can sometimes be painful. If you can, find the lost restoration and bring it with you. Sometimes a lost crown can be temporarily replaced. Clean the crown well and then use dental cement (found in drug stores) to hold the crown in place. If dental cement isn’t available, you can use denture adhesive. Never try to use household glue or “super glue,” however.

If you are in pain, take an over-the-counter pain reliever like acetaminophen or ibuprofen or rinse with saltwater.

Dental pain is never normal and should not be ignored in the hopes that it will “go away.” Please call us right away so we can assess your condition and treat the problem. 

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