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If you are ever in an oral accident, it is important to minimize the damage and seek professional help as soon as you can. Our experienced dental team at Ashburn General Dentistry want to help you achieve the highest possible success rate and recovery from any oral accident that may occur. Here are a few tips and guidelines on what to do if you suffer an oral accident.

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

– 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. Ashburn General Dentistry can be reached by calling us at 703.724.4470 or visiting our office in Ashburn, Virginia. In severe cases, go to the emergency room at the nearest hospital. In less severe cases, you can arrange an appointment with Dr. Amit B. Patel by calling us today.