Emergencies can happen in the blink of an eye and mouth emergencies are no exception. Injuries to the mouth, severe tooth pain or a knocked-out tooth are all examples of dental emergencies. Knowing what is a dental emergency and what to do before seeing your dentist will hopefully ease your mind a bit. WebMD states that any dental emergency could be potentially serious and should not be ignored. If the emergency is ignored, you could be facing permanent damage later on which would result in a more extensive and expensive treatment. Below is an outline of what to do in a dental emergency before you get to your dentist.
- Severe Toothaches: Rinse your mouth with warm water. Use dental floss to remove anything stuck in your teeth or gums. If swollen, apply a cold compress to the area outside your mouth.
- Chipped or Broken Teeth: Rinse your mouth with warm water and rinse and save any of the broken pieces. If bleeding, apply a piece of gauze to the area for 10 minutes or until bleeding stops. Apply a cold compress to the area closest to the chipped/broken tooth to keep swelling down.
- Knocked-out Tooth: Pick up the tooth by the top of the tooth without touching the roots of the tooth. Gently rinse the tooth with water. If you can put the tooth back in its socket, hold it in place while gently biting down. If you cannot put the tooth back then place in a small container of milk. See your dentist immediately because the greatest chance the tooth can be saved is one that is returned to its socket within one hour of being knocked out.
- Partially Dislodged Tooth: Apply a cold compress to the outside of the affected area to relieve pain.
- Soft-tissue Injuries: This would be injuries resulting in bleeding to the tongue, gums, lips, and cheeks. Rinse your mouth with a mild salt-water solution. Apply a damp piece of gauze to the area and hold for 15-20 minutes or until bleeding stops.
If you are in Bridgewater, NJ or the surrounding areas, Precision Digital Dentistry is there for all your dental emergencies. Call Precision Digital Dentistry to help guide and comfort you through your dental emergency. They will do their best to get you seen as quickly as possible during normal business hours.