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An oral emergency refers to an accident or injury that occurs to your smile in which professional care must be given. This can include lost crowns or fillings, teeth knocked out, and objects lodged and wedged between teeth. To ensure the greatest chance of recovery, it is important to have in place plans to help treat your smile should the worst come to pass.

If you have any lost crowns, visit your dentist as soon as possible so a repair or replacement can be given. Cover the exposed tooth with a cotton swab dabbed in clove oral to prevent further damage from occurring to the area. It may also be possible to place the crown back over the tooth until treatment can be given. You can try coating the inner surface of the crown with dental cement, toothpaste, or denture adhesive to hold the crown in place until further care can be given. Never use super glue.

If a dental filling is knocked out, it is important to make sure you cover the cavity or exposed area of the tooth with a piece of sugarless gum or an over-the-counter dental cement. Do not attempt to put the filling back in place. Afterward, visit a dentist.

If a tooth is knocked out, it is important to collect the tooth as soon as possible and place it in a liquid solution. Do not let the tooth dry out, or it may not be able to be placed back in your mouth. If you visit your dentist within 1 hour of having a tooth knocked out, it is possible that the dentist can once again place the tooth back in the socket and restore its function.

Dr. H. Michael Long and all of our fantastic team are located in Tullahoma, Tennessee. If you would like to schedule an appointment with H. Michael Long, DDS for an oral health care treatment, please call our dentist office at 931-455-2595.