Dealing with Dental Emergencies at Home

Dealing with Dental Emergencies at Home

  • Re-cementing a temporary or permanent crown. Take the temporary crown off and rehearse placing it back on the tooth. The crown is in the correct place if teeth come together when biting down. Next, use the open end of a paperclip to scrape out the temporary cement inside the crown. Finally, squeeze a few drops of Fixodent denture adhesive into the temporary crown and re-cement it back on the tooth.

  • Lost fillings. To temporarily fix the lost filling, gently brush the tooth with toothpaste and lukewarm water. Then, plug the hole using over-the-counter products such as Temparin or Dentemp until you can see a dentist.

  • Chipped tooth leaving a jagged edge. To cover the exposed area with dental wax, which can be found at most local drug stores. If necessary, use a nail file to file down the rough spots. However, it is important to keep the area covered until you can see a dentist.

  • Suspicious mouth ulcers and other lesions. There are a few remedies to treat painful mouth ulcers and lesions at home. These treatments include rinsing with saltwater and baking soda, covering the area with a baking soda paste, using a mouth rinse containing a steroid, or using over-the-counter benzocaine (topical anesthetic) products.

Dr. Endre Selmeczy, D.M.D.
(pronounced "Shel-me-see")

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Last updated: 04/12/2017