Dental emergencies are usually characterized by impending or actual tooth loss, oral pain, swelling or discomfort that the patient cannot resolve on his or her own. While most dental emergencies are not life threatening, they can certainly make it less comfortable and can lead to permanent damage. Below are some of the most common dental emergencies and how to manage them until professional medical attention is available.
Common Dental Emergencies
• Broken teeth
• Teeth that have been knocked loose or knocked out
• Unexplained toothache
• Lost restorations
• Foreign objects lodged between teeth that can not be removed with brushing or floss
• Injury to the soft tissues such as the gums, lips, or palate
In the meantime, there are steps you can take to feel a bit better until we can get you in:
• For a broken tooth – Find all the pieces you can and keep them together to bring with you to your appointment.
• For a knocked-out tooth – Find the tooth, and handle it carefully, without touching the root. Rinse it lightly and place it in a container of milk. If possible, place it back in the socket and bite down gently to keep it in place. In some cases, we may be able to reseat the tooth, but time is crucial so call us immediately.
• For tooth pain or swelling – Use ice packs against your cheek, 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off. Take an over-the-counter pain medication or anti-inflammatory according to package directions.
• For an infection – An infection often looks like a pimple-like lesion on your gum. Do not disturb the lesion. Swish with a warm salt water solution.
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No one wants to have to deal with a dental emergency, but knowing what to do can help make the situation less stressful. For more information contact us today at 203-349-6878.