While they may not happen to you, dental emergencies are an experience that you should be prepared for. Knowing what to do during a dental emergency can be the difference between losing and saving a tooth. Here, we’ll explain what you should do during some of the more common dental emergencies. But remember, in any dental emergency you should call us!
What to Do If You Have a Toothache
Bad toothaches are one of the more common dental emergencies. If you are in a lot of pain from a toothache, the first thing to do is rinse out your mouth with warm water. Then, gently floss to dislodge any food particles or debris that might be stuck in between your teeth. If you are experiencing swelling, put a cold compress against the outside of your mouth. Whatever you do, do not put aspirin near the tooth that’s experiencing the ache or the gums around it. Then, give us a call so we can get you in for an exam.
What to Do If You Have an Abscess
An abscess is a serious dental issue that is an infection between the teeth and gums or at the root of the tooth. You can determine an abscess if you see a pimple-like bump in your mouth that’s very painful. Call us if you recognize that you have an abscess and in the meantime, rinse out your mouth with salt water a few times a day.
What to Do If Your Tooth Is Knocked Out
If your tooth is knocked out, you should first find the tooth. Never pick up the tooth by the root as this could cause damage to the tooth. Pick it up by the crown instead and if it’s dirty, rinse the tooth off gently with some water. Do not scrub the tooth. If possible, try to put the tooth back into place, but don’t force it. If the tooth won’t go back in, place it in a glass of milk while you’re waiting to come see us.
What to Do If You Break or Chip a Tooth
If you break or chip your tooth, find and save any pieces you can. Next, rinse out your mouth with warm water to dislodge anything else that might be loose. Then put the pieces in a glass of milk. To stop any bleeding that may be occurring, apply a piece of gauze and use a cold compress on the outside of the mouth to reduce any swelling.
Contact us if you have any other questions about what to do in a dental emergency, or to schedule an appointment!