Even if you practice proper dental hygiene, dental emergencies may occur. Dr. Holsteen and our team stress the importance of knowing what to do in these situations. There are things you can do at home to relieve discomfort and to minimize damage before you come in to our office.
If you are suffering from a toothache, first rinse your mouth with warm water. Then gently floss the area to remove any food that is trapped around the teeth. Use a cold compress to reduce any swelling. You may take over-the-counter pain medication to relieve discomfort, but do not apply aspirin to the tooth or gums. See our dentist as soon as possible.
Chipped or Cracked Tooth
If you chip or crack a tooth, clean the area by rinsing your mouth with warm water. Save any tooth fragments in a glass of water or milk and bring them to Mountain Shadows Family Dentistry with you as soon as possible. Use a cold compress to reduce any swelling.
Knocked Out Tooth
If a blow to the face or another accident has knocked out one of your teeth, rinse the tooth in water, but do not remove any gum tissue fragments. Try to gently reinsert the tooth into its socket. Do not force it. If you can’t easily reinsert the tooth, store it in a cup of milk or between your cheek and gums. Come to our office with the tooth as soon as you can.
We encourage you to contact our office at 719-598-3502 as soon as possible if you have a dental emergency to schedule an appointment with our dentist in Colorado Springs, Colorado.