What to Do if You Have a Dental Emergency and are under Quarantine.

There are also some specific things you can do at home until you are able to see an emergency dentist:
• Knocked-out permanent tooth. Clean the tooth gently with warm water. Do not remove any attached tissue. If you can place it gently back in your mouth, do so. If you cannot, put it in milk until a dentist can see you.

• Chipped or broken tooth. Save any pieces of tooth you can find. Rinse your mouth with warm water. You can put a cold compress on your face near the tooth to help with pain and swelling.

• Lost filling. For now, take a small piece of sugarless gum (must be sugarless), soften it with your fingers, and place it in the hole.
• Lost crown. Try to locate the crown if you can. Try attaching it back on the tooth using a little toothpaste or denture glue. If you cannot find the crown, cover the area with some rolled-up gauze.

• Toothaches or other dental pain. Rinse your mouth gently with warm water. If you feel any foreign object in your mouth, try using dental floss or a dental toothpick to gently work it out; sometimes removing a stray bit of food or chip of tooth can relieve the pain. If there is not a foreign object, you can use a cold compress on your face and/or take over-the-counter pain medication. Do NOT put aspirin directly on your gums or mouth.

Keep in mind that local dentists who stay open for emergencies are taking additional precautions to prevent the spread of coronavirus. For example, they are using disinfectant more often (which has been proven effective against coronavirus). They are staggering work schedules to minimize the number of people in a building at one time. They are adhering to guidelines set forth by the WHO for things like appointments and mask use. If and when you visit, you might be asked to go through additional procedures to reduce exposure to everyone.

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