At Dr. William S. Motruk Dentistry, we understand that tooth pain in Kingston, ON sometimes can’t wait and it needs to be assessed right away. We do our best to accommodate patients by diagnosing the problem and getting them out of pain as soon as possible. For immediate attention
Something stuck between teeth
First, try using dental floss in order to carefully and gently remove the object. Never use a pin or a similar sharp object to poke between your teeth as it can cut your gums or scratch the tooth surface. If you can’t seem to get the object out of your teeth, then make an appointment with your dentist.
First, make a phone call to your dentist, explain your symptoms, and ask to be seen as soon as possible. Then ease the pain by taking an over-the-counter pain medicine that works for you. Alternatively, you can hold an ice pack against your face where the sore tooth is located. Do not put a hot water bottle, a heating pad, or any other source of heat on your jaw. Heat will make things worse instead of better.
Knocked out tooth
If the tooth that has been knocked-out is an adult (or permanent) tooth, your dentist may be able to put it back. If the tooth looks clean, put it back in its socket. If this is not possible, or if there’s a chance that the tooth might be swallowed, put it in a container of cold milk. Go to your dentist, or to the nearest dentist, right away. If the tooth is put back in place within 10 minutes, it has a fair chance of taking root again. After leaving it for 2 hours, the chances are not so good.
Chipped or broken tooth
Broken teeth can almost always be saved. Call your dentist and explain what happened, and they will see you right away. If the break is serious, a root canal may be needed. If it’s a small break, your dentist may use a white filling to fix the tooth. Your tooth may also need a crown (also called a cap).
Put a piece of wax in the spot where the filling was lost in order to protect the area for a short period of time while you schedule an appointment to see your dentist.