If you ever experience a dental emergency in Chula Vista, California, Dr. Derek M. Lichter asks that you come in and see us as soon as possible. We are here to help you in any way we can, even at times of injury and trauma.
If you experience a dental emergency and you cannot come in and see your dentist right away, we ask that you do the following things:
- Knocked-Out Tooth: If you have knocked a tooth out of your mouth, it is very important to see a dental professional within an hour of your injury. We ask that you retrieve your tooth and rinse it off if it is dirty, but do not scrub the surfaces. We also ask that you hold the tooth by the crown, which is the portion of the tooth that was visible while it was still in your mouth. If you can, place the tooth back into the socket without forcing it. If that is not possible, we strongly recommend putting it into a cup of milk or a glass of water.
- Lost Crown: If your dental crown has fallen out of your mouth, come in to see your dentist as soon as you can and bring the crown with you. As a temporary measure, place toothpaste or over-the-counter dental cement over the tooth and slide the crown back into place. Do not use super glue.
- Lost Filling: If you have lost your dental filling, we ask that you stick a sugarless piece of gum into the hole of your tooth as a temporary measure. If you would like, you can also use over-the-counter dental cement instead of gum. Come into our office as soon as you can to replace your filling.
- Chipped or Broken Tooth: If you have chipped or broken your tooth, we ask that you save as many pieces as possible. You can rinse your mouth and the broken pieces with warm water. If there is any bleeding, you can stop the bleeding by applying gauze onto the area for increments of 10 minutes. To reduce swelling, place a cold compress outside of the mouth, cheek, or lip near the affected area. Come in and see us as soon as you can.
- Toothache: If you are experiencing a toothache, we ask that you thoroughly rinse your mouth with warm water. You can also floss your teeth to remove any food particles that may be causing the ache. You can also take over-the-counter pain medications to dull the pain.
For more tips on what to do during a dental emergency, call us today!