It’s important to see your dentist right away so you can get immediate and permanent relief. Here are some steps to take before heading to the dentist.
Find the tooth or the broken part. Hold the tooth by the top and rinse gently. Try to place it back in the socket and hold it there. If that’s not possible, put the damaged tooth in a container with milk or saliva. See your dentist right away to improve the chances of having the tooth re-attached.
Take a pain reliever such as Advil, Tylenol or Motrin. Flush away food particles by rinsing your teeth and gums with warm water. Apply cold compress if there’s swelling. If pain is accompanied by fever or swelling that is causing breathing problems, have someone take you to the nearest ER.
Damaged braces, broken dentures and other dental appliances should be handled by your dentist. Don’t attempt to repair the appliance because you might cause further damage or even injury to your teeth and the soft tissues in your mouth. Take out the broken appliance, place in a container and see your dentist as soon as possible.
Injury to the soft tissues in your mouth such as tongue, gums, lips and cheeks can cause bleeding. Use a cold compress over the cheek to relieve swelling or pain. On the affected area, apply a tea bag or moist gauze and hold in place for a minimum of 15 minutes. If bleeding is severe or continuous, head to the ER.