Dental Emergencies happen and if you find yourself in the middle of one, it is imperative that you call your dentist right away. Even an object that is caught between your teeth can cause serious problems for your teeth and gums.

If you do have something in-between your teeth try gently flossing to remove the food particle or object. Never try to pry it out with a sharp object such as a knife or pin. Doing so could easily damage your gum tissue. If that piece of filet mignon stays put, it’s time to call your dentist.

Skip the cotton and place a wad of sugarless gum into the cavity. Never use gum with sugar as it will cause pain. You can also try a dental cement available over the counter at your pharmacy.

A loose or even lost crown is a dental emergency that should not be ignored. If possible, take the crown with you to the dentist and try slipping the crown back in place using the same dental cement as mentioned above. Denture adhesive or toothpaste will also work.  If that is not possible, apply clove oil to the affected tooth. Avoid the temptation and never apply super glue.

If your dental appliances are broken, call your dentist immediately. You will know if you feel a band, bracket, or wire poking you in the gums, tongue, or cheek. If the wire is impossible to reposition, cover the end with some orthodontic was, a piece of gauze and a cotton ball to keep it steady on your way to the orthodontist’s office.  If you’ve got loose bands or brackets, try to reattach with orthodontic wax and call your orthodontist right away.

Infections and abscesses occur between your teeth and gums, around the root of your tooth. Both are serious Dental Emergencies that can damage the surrounding gums and teeth. If left untreated, but infection or abscess could travel to other parts of your body.  

Dental Emergencies should never be left untreated, and if you are experiencing any pain or discomfort, call your dentist right away. What you think may be nothing serious could be more extensive than you thought causing you additional problems affecting your health and your bank account.