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If you ever find yourself in an oral emergency, it is important to follow the proper guidelines to avoid further harm to your teeth and gums. Sometimes, your reaction to a situation could be the difference of a successful recovery or the complete loss of a tooth or two.

Our team at Paramus Dental & Implant Center wants you to be prepared for whatever accidents may come your way. Here are a few things you can do to protect yourself:

– If you have lost a filling, try using a piece of sugarless gum to temporarily cover the cavity.

– If you have chipped or broken any teeth, if possible, try to save the teeth. To minimize bleeding, rinse your mouth with warm water and use gauze directly on the area. To dull the pain and to keep swelling down, use a cold compress against your cheek. Keep the damaged teeth moist at all times. If a tooth has been knocked out, it may be possible to be put back into place if you visit your dentist immediately.

– If you have lost a crown, you can temporarily use clove oil to dab on the sensitive area. If you wish to temporarily slip the crown back over the tooth, coat the inside of the crown with dental cement or a denture adhesive.

– If you have broken your braces or wires, try to temporarily reposition the broken part back into position. If you cannot, try to cover the end of the break with a cotton ball or piece of gauze. To avoid additional health hazards, do not attempt to cut off or remove the broken parts.

The most important thing you can do in an oral emergency is to seek out your dentist immediately. Paramus Dental & Implant Center can be reached by calling us at 201-518-9795 or visiting our office in Rochelle Park, New Jersey. In severe cases, go to the emergency room at the nearest hospital. In less severe cases, you can arrange an appointment with Dr. Galina Zhukova by calling us today.