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My temporary bridge fell out and i have a half tooth that looks infected/decayed. should i 'cement' it back until tomorrow? all dentists are closed. what should i do? cement it back on or leave it open? i took an ibuprofin, but it hurts when i breathe...t

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 41 years experience
If : If you are sensitive to temperature, then the nerve in the fractured tooth is vital, so it is not infected. Trying to use drugstore cement might just make things worse. Since you are not in that much distress, take whatever you usually take for a headache and see your dentist in the morning.
Dr. Alan Zweig
Prosthodontics 46 years experience
As : As long as you are relatively comfortable, wait until you see your dentist tomorrow. You could damage the temporary if you don't put it in right. Nothing serious is going to happen before tomorrow.
Dr. Lance Timmerman
Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry
If : If you can passively place it on and off, toothpaste can act as a cement. It won't be strong, but it may make things more bearable. There isn't much that can happen in the next 12 hours....

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