Like any other health problem, it is difficult to foresee dental emergencies and when you do face them, it is wise to make a quick visit to the dentist. If you are experiencing teeth or gum injuries, please call our office today to see if we can schedule you for a dental emergency appointment. After all, it is best to fix the problem now than to aggravate the damage and spend a lot more in treatment later.
Types of Dental Emergencies We Handle
If you have recently been involved in a sporting accident, a road accident, suffered a fall or any other situation where you received injuries, there are a few preliminary steps you can take to protect your teeth. Follow these home remedies and tips to provide relief before you visit the dentist for dental emergency services.
Rinse your mouth with warm water and salt thoroughly and apply a cold compress if your mouth or jaw is swollen. If you have recently eaten, use a dental floss to remove lodged food particles. At all times, avoid putting painkillers or aspiring near the affected gum and tooth as they may cause tissue burning.
If you find the knocked-out tooth, hold it at the crown and rinse with thoroughly with water. Avoid scrubbing or removing any tissue fragments from your tooth. You can try to gently keep the tooth in its place to ensure that it is facing the right way and avoid forcing it. If you are unable to reinsert your tooth, you can store in a small container with milk or a cup of water with salt. Visit the dentist within an hour if possible to increase chances of a successful tooth replacement.
Broken or Chipped Teeth
A common injury when engaging in sport or an accident, it is best to save the chipping tooth pieces. Rinse your mouth thoroughly with warm water and ensure that no chipping pieces are in your mouth. If you experience bleeding, immediately apply a small gauze piece for a few minutes till the bleeding stops. If you experience pain or swelling near the cheek or mouth, apply a cold compress for quick relief.
Apply a cold compress to the affected area before seeing the dentist at the earliest. You can also try safe and proven pain killers for temporary relief.
Ensure that you save the crown before you visit the dentist as soon as possible. However, if you are unable to see a dentist for a while, you can control the pain by dabbing a little clove oil on the sensitive area. If possible, you should try to slip the crown in its place with the help of toothpaste, denture adhesive or cement. Avoid using permanent super glue at all cost.
It is best to see your dentist immediately if your tooth filling was lost. You can immediately cover it up with sugarless chewing gum or dental cement. Avoid using sugar-filled gum as it could cause toothache.