Dental emergencies usually happen quickly. These situations can be nerve-wracking, especially when you or a loved one is in pain. However, an appropriate response can help soothe tensions and in many cases, even save a damaged tooth.
If a tooth becomes avulsed, or knocked out, pick it up and gently rinse it off. Be sure to hold it by the crown, not the root. If possible, place the tooth back into the socket until you can make it to the dentist’s office. If this is not possible, you can store the tooth in a cup of saline or milk.
Be sure you inform our team about your situation over the phone so we can offer appropriate instructions while you are headed to our office.
A severely cracked or fractured tooth will need immediate attention. Rinse your mouth gently with warm water and apply a cold compress to your face to reduce inflammation. If you can find the piece of the tooth that broke off, place it in a plastic bag and bring it to our office with you.
There is a misconception that toothaches can be relieved by placing aspirin directly on the gums. Never do this, as it can burn the delicate soft tissues in the mouth. Instead, gently rinse your mouth and floss around the problematic tooth to remove any irritants. Contact us immediately and ask for further instruction. In some cases, we may recommend root canal therapy.
Soft Tissue Injury
Lacerations to the lips, tongue, cheeks, or gums can cause significant bleeding. Apply pressure to reduce bleeding, and then use a cold compress to reduce swelling. If bleeding is persistent, call your doctor right away.
Any type of jaw injury needs immediate attention, especially if a fracture is suspected. In these cases, we recommend visiting your nearest emergency room.