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Broken or loose crown
Sometimes a permanent crown may loosen up or become dislodged. This could be due to tooth decay, fracture, or consuming sticky foods that may pull the crown off the tooth. Sometimes, if the crown is not fractured, the dentist may be able to cement the crown back onto the tooth if there are no compromising conditions like fracture or decay. Other times, the tooth will need to be restored and a new crown to be fabricated. You may temporarily cement the crown with over the counter temporary cement that is sold in drug stores, but make sure to call your dentist and schedule an appointment as soon as possible.
Lip or tongue trauma
If you’re experiencing trauma to the cheek and / or the lip, clean the area gently with a clean cloth. Apply pressure and a cold compress to stop the bleeding and reduce swelling. If the bleeding persists, or if the cut area is significant in size, head to the nearest emergency room.
Cellulitis is inflammation and infection that has spread to the surrounding tissues. The most common treatment is antibiotics, followed by treatment of the source of the infection. This may result in a life-threatening medical emergency due to airway obstruction and possible sepsis, so see your dentist immediately, or go straight to the nearest emergency room.
If you have a broken jaw, you will usually feel pain and experience facial swelling. Other possible symptoms may include jaw stiffness, bleeding from the mouth, or an abnormal appearance of the cheek or jaw. You may also have loose or damaged teeth, and it will be difficult to open your mouth widely. Apply a cold compress to control the swelling, stabilize the jaw by using a towel wrapped beneath the jaw and tied on top of the head, and head to the nearest emergency room.
Objects caught between teeth
Gently try to remove the object with dental floss, but avoid cutting your gums. You can also tie a small knot in the floss and pull it through in order to dislodge the object. Never use a sharp object, and if flossing does not work – call your dentist.