Do not waste time in calling your dentist immediately, once there is an emergency. It is expected that you will get immediate attention because most dentists have time slots for emergencies.
Below are some of the first aid tips to use pending when you can get to the dentist’s office.
Fractured tooth – Rinse your mouth very well with warm water immediately you notice any crack or fracture. Then use a cold compress to minimize the swelling, and take a painkiller (acetaminophen).
Loose or misaligned tooth – Gently shift the tooth back to its normal position. Your dentist may use a splint to anchor it to any near tooth as it heals.
Chipped tooth – If you feel no pain, then it is not an emergency. However, chew gently in order not to make the situation worse. Depending on the degree of chipping you have, the dentist will either fill it up with a filling material, or smoothen it out.
Knocked-out tooth – Make sure you do not touch the tooth root. Simply pick it up by the crown and rinse well. If you can, gently insert the tooth back into its socket, otherwise, place it in a small quantity of water or milk.