Dental emergencies happen,and it’s important that you know how to handle the situation, and seek the proper treatment as soon as possible. At Anthony Martin Dentistry, we provide emergency care on a case-by-case basis. Here is a list of common dental emergencies, and how to handle them.
Common dental emergencies include:
- Abscessed tooth: You must be very careful if you discover an infection. If not treated properly, the infection can spread. Make an appointment to have the infection treated. Do not attempt to drain it yourself. To lessen the pain and help promote healing, rinse your mouth with hydrogen peroxide or salt water.
- Knocked out tooth: Pick the tooth up by the crown, not the root! Try to place the tooth back into the socket, to keep it alive. For young children, placing the tooth in a glass of milk is a good substitute. Time is essential here, get to the dentist as soon as possible.
- Toothache: Ease the pain by taking over-the-counter painkillers, but do not place painkillers directly under your tongue or on teeth, cheek or gums as this may cause chemical burns. Make an appointment, and in the mean time clean in between your teeth with a floss, and if your mouth is swelling, use a cold compress.
- Bleeding gums or tissue: Treat it right away with a warm saline solution. Press a gauze to the injured area. To relieve pain, use a cold compress outside of the mouth over the affected area. If the bleeding continues, see your dentist right away.
- Broken tooth or jaw: If you suspect that your jaw is broken, call your dentist immediately and apply a cold compress on your jaw.
- Lost Crown: Schedule an emergency visit, and bring the crown with you. Use dental cement or adhesive (or toothpaste, if you must) to keep the crown in place. Avoid super glue as it may cause more damage.
No matter how careful we are, a dental emergency may still happen. The important thing to remember is what to do when they occur. With quick thinking and preparation, you can save your teeth and preserve your health for years to come.