Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Dental Emergency

Don't let panic take over your dental emergency. 

Here is your guide to coping with tooth troubles:

  • Toothache -
    • First Aid: 
      • Rinse with salt water.
      • Apply a cold compress.
    • Follow up care: See your dentist if you experience persistent pain.
  • Lost filling - 
    •  First Aid: Patch the gap with sugarless gum or OTC dental cement.
    • Follow up care: See dentist right way for filling replacement.
  • Fully dislodged tooth - 
    • First aid:
      •  Rinse the tooth and try to place it back in the socket.
      •  Alternatively store the tooth in a glass of milk.
      • See Dentist immediately.
    • Follow up care: 
      • After the tooth is reattached follow your dentists after care instructions. 
      • Explore replacement options, if needed.
      • Always were a mouth guard while playing sports. 
  • Partially dislodged tooth -  
    • First aid:
      • Apply a cold compress for pain relief.
      • See dentist immediately.
    • Follow up care: 
      • Follow dentist after care instructions.
      • Use OTC pain medication if needed.
  •  Abscess - 
    • First aid: Rinse with warm salt water multiple times a day.
    • Follow up care: Take prescribed antibiotics.

The above health material is provided as an information service.  It should not be used for diagnostic purposes nor is it intended to take the place of the important relationship between you and your dentist.

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