Any dental problem that requires immediate treatment to save a tooth, stop ongoing bleeding, or reduce severe pain, is considered a dental emergency. Knowing what to do during a dental emergency can make a difference between saving and losing a tooth. Most dental emergencies require immediate attention.
Pain killers may ease the pain; you may also apply a cold compress or ice wrapped in a cloth to the area. You may need to call your dentist if pain does not diminish.
Knocked out tooth
Carefully pick up the tooth without touching the root, and rinse it without scrubbing. If possible, reinsert the tooth in the socket. If you are unable to place the tooth in the socket, you must place the tooth in milk and get to the dentist quickly to increase the chances of saving your tooth.
Chipped/ broken tooth
Clean your mouth with warm water to reduce swelling. If you are in pain take acetaminophen.
Lost temporary restoration
Having a temporary restoration come off is not a dental emergency, but it is important to put it back in place, so that the tooth remains protected and stays in its original position until you can see your dentist.
A dental infection or tooth abscess is an emergency. The infection can spread into your jaw, surrounding tissue, and to other areas of your body. This could potentially a life-threatening condition.
You will need immediate hospital attention; a severe head or jaw injury can be life-threatening.
HOW DO I PREVENT A DENTAL EMERGENCY?
⦁ Wear a seatbelt when driving
⦁ Avoid chewing on hard objects; ice, hard candy, bones, pens, etc.
⦁ Wearing a helmet or head guard during physical sports.
⦁ Wear a protective mouth guard when practicing sports
⦁ Do not open packages or bottles with your teeth
⦁ Secure your home against potential tripping or slipping hazards.
⦁ Visit your dentist regularly; for prevention and treatment for any existing problem.
DO YOU OFFER SAME-DAY DENTAL APPOINTMENTS AT BIBLE HILL FAMILY DENTISTRY?
Yes we do! We will accommodate dental emergencies ASAP. If you are in pain, bleeding, or injured, please call us immediately so our team can provide quality care.