With the holiday season fast approaching, you’re already making arrangements for spending time off with friends and family.
Whether Thanksgiving or Christmas break have you headed to a ski resort or more tropical climates, you may be planning to spend your vacation time away from home.
A dental emergency doesn’t always happen when it’s convenient for you.
What should you do if a filling pops out over vacation while you’re away from your dentist?
Patch Up the Hole
First, check to see whether it was just the filling or if some tooth came off with it.
If you aren’t in extreme pain or bleeding, then the fracture can probably wait to be repaired when you get back home in a few days.
Check out the nearest drugstore for a temporary dental cement. This is the best thing to do since it will stabilize your tooth, reduce sensitivity, and prevent food from getting stuck.
No temporary cement to be found?
The next best option is sugar-free chewing gum. Chew up a small piece and then pack it into the hole in your tooth. This will likewise help protect your tooth as well as save your tongue from any sharp edges.
See a Dentist, Any Dentist!
If you won’t be back in town within the week, it’s best to go see a local dentist. Even if your tooth doesn’t hurt, you want it examined and x-rayed to check for internal damage.
As long as the dentist gives the okay, you may opt to just get a temporary filling right there at the office. Then, you can find a more permanent solution when you are able to visit your regular dentist.
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