As healthcare professionals, we have been trained to help you receive the care you need in a dental emergency. Generally speaking, if something is causing you pain, you need to see a dental professional. Please note that not all dental emergencies may cause immediate pain. If you have broken or chipped a tooth, do not wait until you feel pain to call a healthcare professional.
Toothaches are a sure sign something is wrong. In the event of a toothache, you should fist rinse your mouth with warm water then floss around the tooth to remove any food particles that may be causing pressure. If there is swelling, apply a cold pack to the outside of the affected area. Do not put a painkiller directly against your gums near the problematic tooth because it could cause tissue damage.
A chipped or broken tooth may or may not cause immediate pain, but it should still be fixed soon. It is advisable to save any pieces of your tooth that have broken off if at all possible. Rinse them and your mouth with warm water. If bleeding occurs, place some gauze or a moist tea bag to the area for ten minutes until bleeding has stopped. To prevent swelling and to help relieve pain, you may apply a cold compress to the outside of the area.
Partially dislodged teeth need to be treated right away. A cold pack can be placed on the outside of the mouth or cheek of the affected area to reduce pain and swelling. You may also benefit from an over-the-counter pain reliever such as Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen.
Foreign objects stuck between teeth that cannot be removed by gentle flossing must be removed by our dentist, Dr. Naman B. Patel.
Lost fillings will leave a space inside your tooth. To temporarily cover this area and prevent food particles from getting trapped, place a piece of sugarless gum into the cavity. Do not use a sugared gum because it will cause pain and sensitivity. Alternatively, you can use over-the-counter dental cement.
Abscesses are infections of the tissues around a tooth root or between the teeth and gums. They can cause serious damage to the surrounding teeth and gums, possibly spreading to other parts of the body when left untreated. To relieve pain before you are able to visit Island Dental, you may rinse your mouth several times a day with a solution of warm saltwater.
Give us a call if you think you are experiencing a dental emergency in Gilbert, Arizona. We will work to treat you as soon as possible.