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Have you ever suffered a dental emergency before? If you do find yourself with a chipped or cracked tooth or ever suffer from a tooth completely knocked out, knowing what to do in the precious minutes after an emergency has occurred is essential for giving yourself the best chance of treating the ailment. As with all oral emergencies, visit your dentist or the emergency room as soon as possible.

Oftentimes, it may be possible for a dental crown or dental filling to be knocked out. During this time, you will not be able to be re-apply it by yourself, as it will take the assistance of a dentist. In the meantime, cover up the tooth exposed by a dental filling with a piece of sugarless chewing gum. You can also use an over-the-counter dental cement. If you suffer a lost dental crown, you will need to cover the area up with a cotton swab dabbed in clove oil. In some situations, you can put the crown over the tooth and hold it in place with dental cement. Do not use super glue.

If you’ll ever suffer blunt trauma to your face and have any of a tooth knocked out, it is important to collect the tooth or bits of teeth and soak them in a solution. If you place them into a tooth-saving solution, it may be possible for your dentist to reinsert it a later time. Typically, you should see your dentist within one hour of having a tooth knocked out for the greatest chance of success and having it re-inserted in your mouth.

Are you in need of a dentist in Fort Lauderdale, Florida? Dr. Alma Vallderuten at Vallderuten Dental Associates wants to provide you with the oral health care treatments you need. Please get in touch with our dental office by calling us at 954-491-5748.