A dental emergency, like any other medical emergency is something that should be taken seriously. When left untreated, the problem could increase your risk for more expensive and extensive treatment in the future.
Here is a quick guide to treating your dental emergencies:
Toothaches Toothaches are a common and there are several things you can do to reduce the discomfort. Using a soft-bristle toothbrush or floss gently clean and remove any food particles, then rinse with warm salt water. If you are experiencing swelling, place a cold compress on the affected area to help reduce the pain. Refrain from placing aspirin against the gum as it can burn the gum tissue.
Lost Tooth If your tooth is knocked out, it is important to see your dentist immediately. The highest chance of having the tooth re-implanted come when they are returned to their socket within an hour of being lost. After the tooth has been knocked out, recover it and gently rinse with water being careful not to remove any remaining tissue. In route to the dentist, place the tooth between the cheek and gums or place it in a small container of milk or salt water.
Chipped Tooth Depending of the severity of the chip, it can be repaired through re-attaching, a bonding material or a crown. If possible, locate the missing piece and place it in a moist cloth until you see the dentist. After rinsing any blood or debris from your mouth, place a cold compress against the affected area to help relieve any swelling or pain.
Tissue Injury Injuries to the tongue, lips, cheeks and gums can be painful. Trauma to these sensitive areas can often result in bleeding. Apply pressure to the affected area with a clean cloth or gauze to help stop the bleeding. Stitches may be necessary if the bleeding persists for more than 15 minutes. A cold compress can also help to reduce bleeding or relieve pain.
Lost Fillings and Crowns If you lost a filling, sugarless gum or dental cement can act as a temporary fix until you are able to see your dentist. Clove oil can help relieve the pain of losing a crown. If you are unable to make it to the dentist office right away you can temporarily attach the crown with dental cement or denture adhesive.
Having a dental first aid kit can help to make emergencies easier to handle. An emergency kit containing a small plastic container, gauze, saline, water and the dentist phone number can help relieve stress and discomfort. Like other medical emergencies a prompt visit to the dentist can help the risk of permanent damage. Our Ooltewah dentist office is trained to handle a variety of dental emergencies.