Emergency Dental Care
What to do in the case of a dental emergency?
A list of guidelines on how to handle common dental emergencies.
Lip or Tongue injury with severe bleeding:
In the event you puncture your lip, bite your tongue, or damage any other delicate tissue within your mouth, thoroughly clean the abrasion and use cold compression to reduce the swelling. If the bleeding is excessive or does not stop, visit the dental emergency room.
Cracked or broken tooth:
If you break or crack your tooth, contact your dentist right away. Before you arrive at your dentist’s office, rinse out your mouth with warm water and apply cold compression to the affected region.
If your braces become damaged, contact your Orthodontist right away. Some cases of damaged braces must get resolved immediately, while other cases can get addressed during your next scheduled appointment.
Pain or injury to jaw:
If you believe that you have broken your jaw bone, gently apply cold compression to the area and contact your dentist immediately for an emergency appointment.
If one or more of your teeth has been dislodged, contact your dentist for an emergency appointment immediately – they are often able to preserve your tooth. Until you can set up an appointment with your dentist, consider taking an over-the-counter painkiller and apply cold compression on the affected region to ease the pain.
Knocked out one or more teeth:
Handle your displaced tooth by the crown and rinse off its root it has become dirty, do not not scrub your tooth or remove any tissue that is still attached. The American Dental Association suggests putting your tooth in milk, which can act as a preservative can get professional care.
Lost crown or filling:
Anytime a filling or crown comes out, place the filling or crown in a safe place and contact your dentist to schedule an appointment. Applying dental cement (available at your local pharmacy) on your tooth’s surface and clove oil on the sensitive regions inside your mouth will help decrease tenderness, but consult with your dental professional prior to doing these steps.
Object stuck in between your teeth:
If perhaps something gets lodged in between your teeth, attempt to carefully remove it using dental floss. If the object will not come out, contact your dentist. Depending on the scenario, he or she might want to treat you immediately.
Contact your dentist to set up an appointment in the case that you have uncomfortable inflammation in your mouth, as you could be suffering from an abscess, which is an infected pocket of pus which can develop into a severe systemic infection. Until you can schedule an appointment with your dentist, you can rinse your mouth with warm water to help ease the discomfort and pressure.
This is an infection which occurs when a person’s wisdom teeth develop improperly. If you experience symptoms of Pericoronitis, which could include inflamed and/or irritated gums, an unpleasant taste in your mouth, or foul breath, or if you aren’t able to completely open your mouth, see your dentist as early as you can.
Sudden or extreme tooth pain:
If you are experiencing a severe toothache, rinse your mouth with warm water and softly floss around the tooth to dislodge anything that stuck between your teeth. Contact your dentist if your toothache does not go away.