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If you're experiencing a dental emergency in Ontario, Oregon, we're here to help. Monday through Friday we try to keep an open chair available when you need an emergency dentist. We also make urgent care appointments weekends and evenings. Please call us and and provide as much detail as possible about your condition. In the meantime, please review our tooth pain tips below.
Tooth pain or toothache?
For toothaches, rinse the mouth with warm water to clean it out. Gently brush and floss to remove any food caught between the teeth. You may take over the counter pain medicine, but DO NOT put an aspirin or any other painkiller directly against the gums near the aching tooth. This can burn and cause damage to the gum tissue.
If the pain persists, call to see a dentist as soon as possible. It is important to know that persistent toothache pain may temporarily subside, but will usually return until the underlying problem has been addressed. Failure to treat these problems in a timely manner may lead to further deterioration and more costly treatment.
Lost cavity filling?
There are a couple of short-term remedies you can try if you lose a filling. Inquire at your pharmacy, and pick up some over-the-counter dental cements available to use as a temporary stop gap.
For an even shorter term remedy, you may also use sugar-free gum to cover the cavity. Be sure it is sugar free gum, because any sugar entering the cavity can cause severe pain. Cavities left untreated can develop into more serious problems, including loss of the tooth.
Object stuck in teeth or mouth?
If you should get a piece of food or any small object wedged between your teeth, first try to gently remove the object with dental floss. Never use sharp object around your teeth as it may cut your gums or damage your tooth. If it can’t be removed by dental floss, contact a dentist for advice or to schedule an appointment.
Broken, chipped, or cracked tooth?
The enamel that covers your teeth is the hardest part of your body. Despite their strength, your teeth may fracture or fall out during extreme circumstances. Tooth decay increases the chances of a broken or chipped tooth.
If you have a chipped, fractured or broken tooth, you may or may not be experiencing discomfort. Even if pain is not present, it is important to see a Ontario dentist right away. The internal and delicate areas of the tooth may now be exposed to the bacteria in the mouth. Left unprotected, this could quickly lead to new or increased decay, and ultimately result in loss of tooth or root canal therapy.
Loosened or knocked-out tooth?
For a knocked-out permanent tooth, keep it moist at all times. If you can, try placing the tooth back in the socket without touching the root. If that’s not possible, place it in between your cheek and gums. You may also try to place it in milk or use a tooth preservation product from your local pharmacy that has the ADA Seal of Acceptance. Then, get to your dentist’s office right away.
Bitten Tongue or Lip?
Clean the area with a wet cloth and place a cold compress on the area to reduce swelling. If the bleeding persists or if it is excessive, go to your dentist or an emergency center.