Nobody likes dental emergencies, especially not during the holidays. But unfortunately, they happen. We wanted to give you a few tips on what to do if you experience any dental problems over the upcoming holidays!
If you’re experiencing a toothache, gently floss the area to try and remove any leftover food particles. Afterwards, swish with lukewarm salt water, apply a cold compress to reduce swelling and take over-the-counter pain medication.
If you have a loose, broken, or partially dislodged tooth, you’ll want to avoid flossing, but we recommend utilizing a cold compress and OTC medication to manage pain. Additionally, it’s important to avoid hard or crunchy foods.
Sometimes you lose a crown or filling. Don’t worry too much; these things happen. Oftentimes, crowns come off when chewing, so hopefully you can avoid swallowing it.
To affix the crown back to your tooth, you’ll need some dental cement, which can be picked up from any local drug store. But if you’re in a pinch, you can use toothpaste. However, before using the dental cement, it’s important to gently rinse and dry the crown.
Be sure to let us know you lost your crown. We’ll be happy to work you into our schedule once reopening.
However, if you lose or knock out a tooth, call us immediately. The sooner you can be seen, the better chance we have of saving the tooth. It’s crucial that the tooth stays moist. We recommend putting it in a cold glass of milk, water, or, as a last resort, inside your mouth against your cheek.
We hope you enjoy your holiday free of emergencies, but on the off chance you have a problem, now you’ll know what to do! If you need us, we can be reached at (225) 924-7202.