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Nothing ruins your day faster than having a dental emergency. Pain mixes with a rising anxiety because you don’t know what to do. If it was a broken arm you’d call 911, but what do you do if it’s a broken tooth?

At the office of Dr. Ghina Morad, DMD, in San Carlos, CA, we offer emergency dental service for you and your family. Emergency service is even available on evenings and during the weekend.

If you’re currently having a dental emergency, we urge you to call our office at 650-592-6396. If you are calling outside of normal business hours, follow the message prompts to reach our on-call dentist.

In today’s blog post, we’re going to share some tips on handling a dental emergency and how you can best prepare your family for such an occasion.

Make A Plan to Be Prepared

Dental emergencies often happen when you least expect them.

You just grilled a nice steak; you take a nice bite out of it, and a filling falls out. Or worse yet, a crown comes dislodged from your tooth. Ouch.

Your daughter is the backyard playing catch on a lovely sunny day. You throw the softball up so she can practice catching pop-up balls, but the ball slips out of glove and into her mouth. You look on in horror as you realize it knocked out one of her teeth.

In both sports, and in life, the best offense can be a could defense. For that reason, you may want to consider putting together a dental emergency kit. Hopefully you’ll never have to use it, but just in case, it’ll be there for you.

Your dental emergency kit should include floss, cotton balls, an oral aesthetic such as Orajel or other product containing benzocaine or lidocaine, a temporary cavity filling mixture such as Dentemp, dental wax, and a container of Save-A-Tooth. These products can generally be found at your local pharmacy or ordered online.

You may also want to save 650-592-6396 in your phone as a contact for dental emergencies, and bookmark this page for reference later.

What To Do During a Dental Emergency

If you’ve lost a filling, don’t panic. If you swallowed the filling, it will likely safely pass through your system. Unless it is a gold filling, you do not need to save the filling. Gently brush and rinse the tooth and the cavity area, making sure all foreign objects are removed from it.

You can then fill the cavity with Dentemp or a similar product. This will prevent liquids and foods from irritating the tooth and causing you pain. If a temporary cavity filling mixture is unavailable, sugar-free gum can be used in a pinch. Chew a small amount of the gum and gently use it to fill in the cavity.

If you’ve lost a crown, try and save the crown. Sometimes crowns can be reused after they are cleaned and disinfected. Gently rinse and clean the affected tooth. Orajel or another numbing product can be used to alleviate pain. Dental adhesive can be used to place the crown back on, but that will only work for a very short time.

If you’ve lost a tooth, save the tooth! If you reach our office in time, we maybe able to save the tooth and place it back into your mouth. To prepare the tooth, gently clean it with still water. Leave any gum tissue on the tooth. If available, place the tooth in Save-A-Tooth. If you don’t have Save-A-Tooth in your dental emergency kit, place it in milk or salt water. Time is of the essence with lost teeth, you will want to get into the office as soon as possible.

If a toothache is ruining your day, there’s a number of things you can do. Swish slightly warm water around the affected area several times. Make sure you don’t have any food stuck in the tooth, and if you do gently floss around the area to remove it. It’s best not to use a toothpick in this situation, as they can end up causing you more pain.

Avoid hot or cold foods and beverages while you have a toothache. If there is any swelling, apply an ice compress to the outside of your mouth. Avoiding placing the ice directly in your mouth. Orajel or other similar product can be used to alleviate pain, follow the directions on the label. Consider taking Tylenol or Advil if the toothache persists.

Make An Appointment

You can click here or call 650-592-6396 to reach the office of Dr. Ghina Morad, DMD, in San Carlos, CA and schedule an appointment. We will be there for you in all dental emergencies.