Many dental emergencies can be difficult for non-trained personnel to diagnose. If you have NO swelling, NO fever, NO bleeding but some pain, try over the counter analgesics only if you have no known allergies to them. Aspirin, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen are examples. Arrange a dental exam as soon as possible.
What is a dental emergency?
- Severe Pain
- or a combination of these
Don't put aspirin on teeth or gums that hurt.
It will not work and will burn your gums. It is an acid.
Once again, if we are unavailable and you cannot reach another dentist of your choice, the emergency room can help if you are in a TRUE EMERGENCY situation.
Don't drive yourself if you are not completely alert, and free from drugs or alcohol that could impair your driving.
Pain itself can impair your judgement. Have someone else drive you.
Advice for Other Situations
If you are not sure if this is a baby tooth or adult tooth, realize that most children under age 5 or 6 do not have any adult teeth yet. Adult front teeth should be as big as yours and have thick long roots. Baby teeth have skinny roots or ragged short roots and they are usually smaller than yours. If you are not sure if this is an adult tooth, treat it as if it is.
If you are sure it is a baby tooth, it is okay to just put the tooth under the child’s pillow and wait for the Tooth Fairy! Ice packs on the area can help soothe discomfort, and the area may still need to be checked for other trauma. Call for an appointment.
If the gums around the neck of the tooth are bleeding, there may be the need for splinting. Again try to get an appointment as soon as possible.
Note: Most dental trauma that involves bleeding will require that a tetanus booster be considered. Consult with your physician.
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