Keep the crown safe until we can see you. You may be able to cement it yourself with a temporary kit, but this will only work if the crown has come off cleanly without taking tooth or the base filling with it.
If you decide to re-cement, follows these tips:
Never use superglue in the mouth!
Swelling in the face is a sign you need antibiotics so call us immediately.
If swelling is very severe and affecting breathing, vision or if you cannot open your mouth at all then go to A&E urgently.
If you notice swelling around the gum it is often a gum infection or a wisdom tooth eruption. Hot salt mouth rinses can really help with both of these conditions:
If the hole is very large, we recommend either purchasing a temporary filling kit online or from a local chemist or using chewing gum to temporarily plug the gap (remove before sleeping to avoid choking hazards).
Small chips rarely cause problems, but sensitive toothpaste can help if needed.
If you have a jagged edge which is hurting your tongue, you can try filing down carefully with a nail file.
Take your usual painkiller, you can alternate paracetamol and ibuprofen if you can take them safely. Make sure you do not take more than the appropriate dosage.
You may have an infection in which case we are able to issue antibiotics if they are appropriate, so please call us for advice. They will not help every condition but can be useful.
If the pain is due to tooth decay or receding gums then sensitive toothpaste can help, this can be rubbed into the area. Try to avoid extremes of temperature in food and drink and chew on the other side if it helps. Limit sugary and acidic food and drink.
Pain at night can be helped by raising your pillow slightly.