Although our office is open, we are trying to limit the number of patients that we come into contact with for everyone’s safety. When patients do come to our office, we are working hard to maintain social distancing and sterilization procedures. Even if you have an urgent dental need, we may not be able to get you in for an appointment right away. And if you have symptoms or potential exposure to COVID-19, you won’t be able to keep your appointment.
But what if you’re in pain, uncomfortable, and having difficulty eating? What are you supposed to do? There are some home treatments that can be beneficial in reducing pain and inflammation until you can get into the dentist.
You should care for any minor toothache by carefully cleaning and flossing your teeth and taking over-the-counter pain-relieving medications. Often a toothache is caused by debris or bacteria between the teeth, and pain will subside within an hour of flossing. If it doesn’t resolve itself, contact us for an appointment if you feel it is safe for you to do so. Otherwise, continue using pain relievers to keep yourself as comfortable as possible.
Knocked Out or Loose Tooth
If a tooth is completely broken or knocked out, it is best to see a dentist within 30 minutes if at all possible. But in our current situation, that might not be possible. If a tooth is knocked out whole, pick it up by the crown, rinse it with plain water, and put it back in your mouth. Put it in the socket if possible, or between your gum and cheek, and call our emergency number. If your tooth is just loose, apply a cold compress and come in immediately.
If you have any type of dental emergency, don’t hesitate to contact us. Even during this pandemic, we are here to help. Contact us today for an appointment.