5 Common Dental Emergencies and How to Handle Them
5 Common Dental Emergencies and How to Handle Them. Dental emergencies can be scary and painful… and inevitably come at the most inconvenient times. But knowing what to do when an emergency strikes can help you efficiently take care of the situation at hand.
- Abscesses – Abscesses can start as a pimple-like spot on your gums and swell into a much larger problem. These are infections occurring around the roots of teeth or in the areas between teeth. Abscesses can become very serious and damage tissues, surrounding teeth and spread infection throughout your body. If you believe you have an abscess, it is indeed an emergency. Give us a call as soon as possible.
- Broken or chipped teeth – If you have a chipped or broken tooth, first rinse with warm water. If there is bleeding, apply gauze and pressure to stop it. Use cold compresses on the outside of the cheek or jaw, and be sure to keep your tooth. We may be able to bond it back to the original tooth if it’s large enough, so call as soon as possible.
- Knocked out tooth – If your tooth is knocked out, hold it by the crown, or the portion usually seen in the mouth. Rinse off the roots with water, but don’t scrub it or remove any attached pieces. Make sure it is facing the right way and see if you can reinsert the tooth back into its socket. Don’t force it. If you can’t get it to fit back in, soak it in a small dish of milk or water with a pinch of salt in it to keep it moist. You always need to see a dentist as soon as possible in order to save the tooth — within the hour is ideal.
- Toothaches – when you have a toothache, first rinse your mouth with warm water. Use dental floss or a water pick to clean between teeth and make sure the lodged food isn’t caught and causing the pain. If this doesn’t fix the discomfort, it’s likely caused by tooth decay or infection. Call us for a visit as soon as possible. Our likely treatment methods may include antibiotics and dental restoration work.
- Lost filling or crown - To temporarily fill the space of a lost filling, cover it with sugarless gum. (Sugary gum will hurt!) You can also use dental cement from a drug store until you can get an appointment. And if your crown falls off, keep it and make an appointment as soon as you can. In the meantime, apply some clove oil over the open area to reduce sensitivity. If you can slip the crown back over the tooth, coat the inside with dental cement or denture adhesive to help it stay in place until you get here. Whatever you do, don’t use super glue!
At Austin Family Dental, we’re here to support you through every dental emergency you and your family face. Call us any time with questions at 651-641-1908 or to schedule an appointment. Do you have anything that we missed? Feel free to comment below and lets add to the 5 Common Dental Emergencies and How to Handle Them.