What NOT To Do In A Dental Emergency

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It’s hard to keep your wits about you during any kind of emergency. That’s why it’s a good idea to know what to do beforehand. Remember we offer emergency dentistry at Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City.

Let’s discuss what you should and shouldn’t do if you have an oral emergency.

Broken Tooth

DON’T throw away any tooth fragments.

DON’T wait to see a dentist.

DO rinse mouth with warm water. If the area is bleeding, put a piece of gauze on it (carefully!).

Lost Filling

  • DON’T ignore it.
  • DON’T let food get stuck in the hole.
  • DON’T bite down on the tooth.

Call us to schedule an appointment right away.

Broken Crowns

  • DON’T lose the crown.
  • DON’T use all-purpose or “super” glue to cement it back on the tooth. You can try denture adhesive to keep it in place temporarily until you can get to our office.

Knocked-out Tooth

  • DON’T touch the root of the tooth.
  • DON’T clean off any tissue attached to it.
  • If the tooth gets dirty, DON’T scrub the tooth. You can rinse it gently with warm water.

A knocked out tooth is as serious as dental emergencies get, but it can be successfully re-implanted if done promptly.

At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City emergency dentistry is one of our most important  services. People from San Mateo, Pacifica, and Half Moon Bay rely on it, along with our complete general dentistry. Schedule an appointment today!

Contact Kenneth Hovden DDS:

650-755-6000

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City, California
94015

 

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What If My Dental Crown Cracks, Comes Loose, or Comes Off?

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Quite often, people freak out if their dental crown moves or comes off completely. This is understandable, but at Kenneth Hovden DDS in  Daly City we advise remaining cool, calm, and collected.

Here is what to do if your crown comes off.

There are three steps:

1. First things first, find your crown if it has come off completely. If you think you may have unwittingly swallowed it, it’s not the end of the world. This is fairly common. You will need to have a new one made. Whereas the original may be reattached if you find it in your mouth. As long as it’s not damaged.

2. The second thing you need to do is call your dentist. If you’re still going to the same dental practice that originally put it in, they might put it back free of charge. Especially if you got the crown recently.

If you have moved, or don’t currently have a dentist, give us a call. We’ll reattach it for a reasonable rate.

Remember these two important things:

  • Even if we didn’t perform the crown procedure, we can re-attach it for you.
  • If the crown is broken, we can fabricate a replacement crown in one visit.

3. What if your crown comes off after business hours or on the weekend?

You can glue it back on while waiting for an appointment. This will protect the exposed tooth. Remember, the tooth is not as strong as an uncrowned tooth.

To reattach it, we recommend using denture adhesive. You can find it at a drugstore.

Follow the directions on the adhesive. To be certain it sets, softly bite down on the crown while the adhesive is still wet. Be extra careful while waiting for your appointment. Eat soft foods so you don’t damage the tooth.

At Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City we place dental crowns every day. People from San Mateo, Pacifica, and Half Moon Bay come to us for complete general dentistry. Schedule an appointment today!

Contact Kenneth Hovden DDS:

650-755-6000

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City, California
94015

 

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Can You Handle A Dental Emergency?

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At Kenneth Hovden DDS, we hope you never need emergency dental care, like that provided by Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City. It’s vital, however, to know what to do in such a situation. Here is a quiz on dental emergencies and other oral troubles.

1. One of the wires on your braces breaks. What do you do?

a. Cut off the loose piece.
b. Put a piece of orthodontic wax on the end if it is irritating your tongue or gums. Schedule an appointment promptly with your orthodontist to have it fixed.
c. If the wire has cut your gums, rinse with a solution of salt and water.

Both b and c are correct. If you don’t have a piece of orthodontic wax, you can use a cotton ball to cover the sharp end. If you cut off the loose end of the wire, you risk swallowing it.

2. Your six-year-old falls on the driveway and knocks out a front tooth. What do you do before driving immediately to the nearest dental office or ER?

a. Put the tooth back in the socket.
b. If the tooth is dirty, scrub it with a brush.
c. Put the tooth in milk.

Your response depends on whether it is a baby tooth or permanent tooth. If a permanent tooth is knocked out, it may be successfully re-implanted if done swiftly. Make sure you only hold the tooth by the crown, never touch the root. If the tooth is dirty, rinse it gently with water being careful not to brush off any tissue attached. If you can, reinsert the tooth into its socket. This may not be possible with younger children.

Because it is critical to keep the tooth from drying out on your way to your dentist or nearest emergency room, you can put the tooth in a cup of milk. Baby teeth should not be reinserted because it can potentially damage the emerging tooth.

3. You lose a filling and the tooth starts hurting. After scheduling an appointment with your Daly City dentist, what do you do in the meantime?

a. Save the filling.
b. Take aspirin, acetaminophen, or ibuprofen.
c. Put an aspirin on the tooth.

Both a and b are correct. Though your dentist can’t use the same filling to repair the problem, it may reveal useful information about the cause of the separation. Never put an aspirin on a tooth because the acid in it could irritate your gums.

4. One of your teeth suddenly darkens. What are the possible causes?

a. The nerve inside the tooth is damaged.
b. It is a side effect of a medication you are taking.
c. Gum disease.
d. An infection.

The answer is all of the above.

Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City provides emergency dental care, as well as general dentistry. Keep us on speed dial! And schedule your next six-month checkup today.

Contact Kenneth Hovden DDS:

650-755-6000

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

901 Campus Dr Ste 202
Daly City, California
94015

 

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