We know that having tooth pain or a dental emergency is important and critical. While we are not open 24 hours for dental emergencies, we do have early and late hours throughout the weekday.
Dental Practice Hours
Our practice is open Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm.
1. Pain in a tooth Pain in teeth is usually due to a new cavity, additional decay under a leaking old filling or a broken tooth. Sometimes it might be due to damage to the teeth from tooth clenching and grinding. There is nothing you can do except get to a dentist for help. In the mean time you can take over-the-counter temporary pain relievers such as Ibuprofen (Advil) or extra strength Tylenol 500 mg. Please follow the directions on the over-the-counter packaging.
NEVER place an aspirin in the painful area on the gum. Aspirin is a strong acid that will burn the oral tissues.
2. Gums sore and swollen. This is usually due to an infection from plaque and gum disease or from food getting stuck in between teeth. You can try to gently brush and floss the area to dislodge any food debris. Another option is to use warm salt water rinses.
3. Sore on the inside of mouth, tongue, cheeks. This can be a cancer sore, a herpes lesion, a cut from a sharp cracker or a burn. There are many over-the-counter creams or salves that are available in pharmacies for irritations in the mouth.
4. Broken Tooth. This can cause pain due to a severe cavity or a sharp edge from the broken tooth or filling. Professional dental care is needed but if you need immediate relief you can try dental wax or putty to cover the sharp edge and tooth ache drops, anbasol, in the case of a cavity until you can get into the dentist. Do not use anything metal and consider over-the-counter pain relievers for any pain or swelling.
5. Painful Wisdom tooth. Wisdom teeth often cannot grow all the way into the mouth so they get stuck (impacted) and can cause infections. The solution is to have them removed. For short term pain relief warm salt water rinses (8 oz warm water and ½ tsp salt) every couple of hours will help draw out the inflammation and over-the-counter pain relievers such as, Advil or Tylenol is helpful.
6. What to do if a temporary crown falls off. This is important for two reasons. First the tooth could get contaminated by germs and plaques and get sensitive or develop more decay. And even more important, the temporary crown is designed to hold the tooth in its proper place. If the temporary crown comes off for more than a few hours, the tooth can shift so that the new crown made by the dentist might not fit properly. That would be very bad and might require a whole new crown to be made so if your crown comes off you must get it back on immediately. The best thing to do is to go back to the dentist to get it re-cemented so bring the old temporary crown with you. In the meantime, put it back in yourself. If it stays, then chew on the other side and get into the dentist as soon as you can. If it is loose, you can use some denture adhesive cream to hold it in. This is a product that can be found in drug stores and is used by people with false teeth. It is sticky so it will hold the temporary crown, but it does not set and become hard so it is easy to use and cannot be messed up. Just put a little of the denture adhesive cream in the temporary crown and place it back on the tooth and gently bite down to be sure that it is in proper position.
7. If an orthodontic wire or brace breaks or comes off. Professional dental care is needed to fix or replace broken or loose braces or wires or the teeth may not move correctly. Until then, you can cover the broken or sharp wire or brace with some dental wax or try and remove the loose end of the broken part.
If you live in or work around East Cobb Marietta, Roswell, or Atlanta, call Dr. Gina Dental today for an evaluation.