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EMERGENCY

Here are some common dental emergencies and how to handle them:
Toothache Emergency

First call us. Explain your symptoms and ask to be seen as soon as possible. Then ease the pain. Take an over-the-counter pain medicine that works for you, but do not put the pills on your sore tooth. Hold an ice pack against your face at the spot of the sore tooth. Do not put a heating pad, a hot water bottle, or any oter source of heat on your jaw. Heat will make things worse instead of better.

Chipped or broken tooth Emergency

Broken teeth can almost always be saved. Call us and explain what happened. Dr. Hidalgo will see you right away. If it's a small break, we may use a white filling to fix the tooth. If the break is serious, a root canal may be needed. Your tooth may also need a crown (also called a cap).

Knocked out tooth Emergency

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If the knocked-out tooth is an adult (or permanent) tooth, we may be able to put it back. You must act quickly. If the tooth is put back in place within 10 minutes, it has a fair chance of taking root again. After 2 hours, the chances are poor. If the tooth looks clean, put it back in its place (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. Come to us, or go to the nearest dentist, right away. If you get help within ten minutes, there is a fair chance that the tooth will take root again.