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Dental tips

Any injury to the teeth or gums can be potentially serious and should not be ignored. Ignoring a dental problem can increase the risk of permanent damage as well as the need for more extensive and expensivetreatment down the road. Here are some ways to help temporarilyalleviate your dental discomfort.

Lost crown

Call us and book an appointment right away. Until you reach your our office, to relieve pain, apply a cold compress to the outside of the mouth or cheek in the affected area.

Abscess

Temporarily reattach loose braces with a small piece of orthodontic wax. Alternatively, place the wax over the braces to provide a cushion. Call us and book an appointment as soon as possible. If the problem is a loose band, save it and call us for an appointment to have it recemented or replaced.

Toothache

First, thoroughly rinse your mouth with warm water. Use dental floss to remove any lodged food. If your mouth is swollen, apply a cold compress to the outside of your mouth or cheek. Never put aspirin or any other painkiller against the gums near the aching tooth because it may burn the gum tissue. Call Elite Dental Clinic as soon as possible.

Broken braces wires

If the crown falls off, make an appointment to see us as soon as possible and bring the crown with you. If possible, slip the crown back over the tooth. Before doing so, coat the inner surface with , toothpaste, or denture adhesive, to help hold the crown in place. Do not use super glue!

Dental implants

Abscess are infections that occur around the root of a tooth or in the space between the teeth and gums. Abscesses are a serious condition that can damage tissue and surrounding teeth, with the infection possibly spreading to other parts of the body if left untreated so see or call us right away

Chipped or broken teeth

Rinse the mouth using warm water. If there's bleeding, apply pressure with a piece of gauze to the area for about 10 minutes or until the bleeding stops. Apply a cold compress to the outside of the mouth, cheek, or lip near the broken/chipped tooth to keep any swelling down and relieve pain. Call Elite Dental Clinic as soon as possible.

Loose brackets and bands

If a wire breaks or sticks out of a bracket or band and is poking your cheek, tongue or gum, try using the eraser end of a pencil to push the wire into a more comfortable position. If you can't reposition the wire, cover the end with orthodontic wax, a small cotton ball, or piece of gauze until you can get to our office. Never cut the wire, as you could end up swallowing it or breathing it into your lungs.

Extruded (partially dislodged) tooth

1) Rinse your mouth with a mild salt-water solution.2) Use a moistened piece of gauze or tea bag to apply pressure to the bleeding site. Hold in place for 15 to 20 minutes.3) To both control bleeding and relieve pain, hold a cold compress to the outside of the mouth or cheek in the affected area for 5 to 10 minutes. 4) Come to our office right away or go to a hospital emergency room. Continue to apply pressure on the bleeding site with the gauze until you can be seen and treated

Knock out tooth

Retrieve the tooth, hold it by the crown (the part that is usually exposed in the mouth), and rinse off the tooth root with water if it's dirty. Do not scrub it or remove any attached tissue fragments. If possible, try to put the tooth back in place. Make sure it's facing the right way. Never force it into the socket. If it's not possible to reinsert the tooth in the socket, put the tooth in a small container of milk (or cup of water that contains a pinch of table salt, if milk is not available) or a product containing cell growth medium, such as Save-a-Tooth. In all cases, CALL OUR EMERGENCY NUMBER as quickly as possible. Knocked out teeth with the highest chances of being saved are those seen by the dentist and returned to their socket within 1 hour of being knocked out.

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