When thinking of emergencies, most people do not consider tooth related instances to truly be a matter of significance; however, if you have ever dealt with it, you will understand how traumatizing it can be. Please keep in mind that any dental emergency can be potentially serious and ignoring it is not the solution. Make sure to see your dentist right away to avoid any complications!
So, let’s discuss some examples of dental emergencies and what you should do in the event that they occur. In the case of a toothache, thoroughly rinse your mouth with a warm salt rinse. Also, be sure to floss the area to remove any food that may be lodged between your teeth. Try placing a cold compress against the area, and if the pain has not subsided take a pain killer to ease your discomfort.
In the case of a chipped tooth, try and keep the small piece if you can and Apply pressure with a piece of gauze to stop any bleeding. Also, to prevent any swelling and to ease the accompanying pain, place a cold compress on the affected area.
If your tooth gets knocked out, there are a few precise but simple instructions you must follow. First, only hold the tooth by the crown, or the part of the tooth that you usually see when you smile. If your tooth is dirty, rinse it gently under running water and DO NOT scrub it clean. If you can, try and reinsert the tooth gently back into the socket and bite down on a piece of gauze to hold the tooth in place. If you cannot reinsert the tooth, place the tooth in milk, or if milk is not available, place the tooth between your cheek and gum area and immediately see your dentist. In the case of a knocked out tooth, the chances of saving your tooth are highest within the first hour after the incident, and decreases exponentially with the passage of time.
While there are numerous other situations in which you should immediately consult your dental care professional, these are often the most traumatic. As is the case in any situation, prevention is always better than cure. If you play any contact sports make sure you wear a sport guard. Also, avoid chewing ice and biting down on anything hard such as candy or popcorn kernels. But if you ever do find yourself in one of these situations, call your dentist immediately!