Tuesday, April 5, 2016

How To Handle Dental Emergencies

Accidents happen, and knowing how to handle them when one occurs can mean the difference between saving or losing a tooth.

  • Rinse mouth out with warm water and remove any food that my be lodged in between the teeth with dental floss.
  • Use cold compress on the outside of your mouth, especially if there is swelling.
  • DO NOT apply aspirin or pain killers directly to the painful area. 
Broken Tooth:
  • Rinse your mouth out, taking care to save any pieces of the tooth.
  • Use gauze stop the bleeding.
  • Apply a cold compress around the affected area to minimize pain and swelling.
Knocked-Out Tooth:
  • Hold the tooth by the crown and rinse with water to remove any dirt.
  • Take care not to remove any tissue attached to the tooth.
  • Reinsert the tooth in the socket if you can, DO NOT force it. * You can also keep the tooth in a cup of milk*
  • Chances of saving the tooth are the highest if you see your dentist within one hour.
Lost Dental Restoration:
  • Filling:
    • Use sugarless gum or dental cement as a temporary fix.
  • Crown:
    • Save the crown and bring it with you to the dentist.
    • Try to put the crown back in place using toothpaste or dental cement to hold it there.
  • If you notice a small, painful, pimple-like bump on your gums, it could be an abscess.
  • Can be a sigh of infection that may spread if left untreated.
  • Rinse with warm salt water to help reduce pain.
  • Alert your dentist immediately if you notice one of these bumps.
For any dental emergency see your dentist right away!

*This information was provided by Park 56 Dental*

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