Even though no one likes to think about unexpected injuries or having to seek emergency treatment, it’s important that you’re prepared for every possible scenario. This is especially true with your dental health.
Here are three common dental emergencies that people experience and what you should do if you find yourself in this situation.
Losing a Tooth: If an accidental trauma causes you to lose a tooth, there are certain steps to take to try and save the tooth. If you can find the tooth, pick it up by the crown, not the root. It’s important to keep the root as clean and germ-free as possible, to avoid any infections later.
Keep the tooth safe by placing it in a saline solution before heading to the dentist. The main thing is to keep the tooth moist and clean.
Cracking a Tooth: This can cause excruciating pain because cracks can leave sensitive nerves exposed. As soon as you crack your tooth, rinse with warm water. If there is blood, use gauze to gently apply pressure to the area until it stops. Use cold packs on the outside of your face if you experience any swelling and take over-the-counter painkillers to reduce the pain and then immediately contact your dentist.
Persistent Toothache: There is nothing worse than a persistent toothache, and there are a number of causes ranging from a foreign object that’s got stuck in your gum to a tiny fracture that’s not visible.
First, rinse your mouth with warm salt water to help soothe your tooth. Floss around the tooth that’s aching to make sure there’s no debris caught between it and another tooth or the gum. Sometimes a toothache can be caused when a little piece of food is stuck somewhere. If this doesn’t help, take over-the-counter pain relievers and use a cold pack on your face and call your dentist.
In every dental emergency it’s important to get in touch with your dentist as soon as possible so they can help resolve your pain and discomfort. If you leave any of these dental traumas for longer than you should, it could result in further problems and even tooth loss.
Don’t wait for an emergency to happen!
Call our office and make an appointment today to ensure that your teeth are healthy and strong.