Tips for Dental Emergencies

Let’s face it, accidents happen, and especially when it comes to our teeth, smile, and mouth, they can be pretty frightening. Being careful is good prevention, but being prepared makes you confident about a possible oral health emergency. Knowing when home care will suffice and when a dentist trip is necessary. If you are ever in a situation that makes you feel like you need to speak with your dentist, call the office, as your dentist should provide an emergency phone number. If you call during non-business hours, a recording will give instructions on reaching the on-call dentist. With that in mind, here are some guidelines to help you through the most common situations:

Toothache/Sore Gums: Rinse with warm water to remove any food or debris; if you notice anything lodged between teeth, floss to remove it. Take an over-the-counter pain medication (but never apply the medication directly to teeth or gum), and see the dentist if the pain persists.

Chipped or Broken Tooth: Save the pieces if possible, and rinse them thoroughly. Apply an ice pack or cold compress to the swollen lip or gum tissue near the chipped tooth to prevent swelling. If the area is bleeding, apply gauze for ten minutes or until the bleeding has stopped. Call your cosmetic dentist immediately. You can have a dental bonding, porcelain inlay, or porcelain onlay treatment to salvage your tooth.

With recent advancements in complete mouth dentistry and cosmetic dentistry, you might not lose your tooth. If enough is remaining healthy tooth structure, several treatment options can eliminate the need for root removal. While the success of these procedures depends on the severity of the break, it’s worth asking about the possibility. I highly recommend you contact your cosmetic dentist.

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Dislodged tooth: find the tooth if possible, make sure not to hold it by the root, and rinse it briefly with warm water. If possible, gently reinsert the tooth into the socket and bite down on gauze or cloth to keep it in place. If you cannot reinsert it, place it in a milk or mild salt water solution container. Call your cosmetic dentist as soon as possible. If treated within 2 hours, the tooth may be salvaged.

Soft Tissue Injuries: soft tissues such as gums, cheeks, lips, and the tongue tend to bleed heavily because the tissue contains a great deal of blood flow. First, rinse with a warm, mild salt water solution to control the bleeding. Apply pressure with a gauze or a moistened towel for 15 to 20 minutes. Afterward, to reduce swelling and help stop residual bleeding, apply a cold compress to the outside of your mouth. In a severe soft tissue injury, in which the bleeding is profuse, or the damage is visibly traumatic, it’s best to remain calm, keep applying pressure, and go to the emergency room.

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