When a dental emergency strikes, it is important that you do not let the pain and shock prevent you from keeping a cool head. You must take action to manage the situation. Start by calling our team so we can arrange our schedule to care for you. We will also give you some tips to help you lessen your pain and minimize the damage to your oral health. Some of the advice we give you might include the following insight on how to handle common dental emergencies.
When a tooth gets partially knocked out of its socket, this situation is no less urgent than if the tooth got knocked out altogether. To increase the chances that the tooth can be saved, get to our office as soon as you can, preferably within an hour or so. In the meantime, an over the counter pain reliever, such as ibuprofen, may help you manage your discomfort. A cold compress may also provide some comfort. Do not use the tooth to chew anything.
Food and other foreign objects can easily get stuck in the tight spaces between the teeth, particularly if you have spacing issues in your smile. To remove the object, take a piece of waxed dental floss and tie a knot in it. You may be able to use the knot to knock the object out of your mouth. Rinsing with warm saltwater may also help. If you are unable to get the item out on your own, you may need to visit us. Whatever you do, do not use any sharp or pointed objects to try to dislodge the object. Doing so may damage your gums or your teeth.
An oral abscess is a pocket of pus that is usually an indicator of an advanced dental infection. It resembles a pimple-like bump on the gums. In a worst case scenario, this type of infection can spread into the surrounding tissue and cause devastating damage. Therefore, it is vital that you receive treatment as soon as possible. Prior to your appointment, rinsing with saltwater and taking pain relievers may help to lessen any discomfort you are feeling.
If your lips, tongue, or cheeks are bleeding, rinse your mouth with saltwater to clean the injured area. Applying gauze or sugar-free gum to the area for 10 – 15 minutes may help to control the bleeding. It may also be advisable to apply a cold compress. However, keep in mind that if the bleeding is severe, you should head straight to the local emergency room.