3 Ways to Deal With Dental Emergencies

This is a more of a “general dentistry” post than we usually do, but we wanted to share some tips on how to deal with a dental emergency …just in case. Dental emergencies can happen to anyone and it’s important to be prepared. Here are 3 tips on how to handle a dental emergency:

1. A tooth that has been knocked out – Grasp your lost tooth by the crown and rinse its root if it is dirty, avoiding scrubbing the tooth or removing pieces of tissue that may be attached. You can attempt to reinsert the tooth into its socket in your mouth, but if that doesn’t work, you’ll need to see your dentist quickly. The American Dental Association recommends placing the tooth in milk, which acts as a preservative until you can get to a professional. Source: Everyday Health

2. Injury to the soft tissue of the mouth – Injuries inside the mouth includes tears or cuts, puncture wounds, and lacerations to the cheek, lips, or tongue. The wound should be cleaned immediately with warm water, and the injured person should be taken directly to an oral surgeon for emergency care. If you can’t get to an oral surgeon, the patient should be taken to the hospital. Bleeding from a tongue laceration can be reduced by pulling the tongue forward and using gauze to place pressure on the wound. Source: Know Your Teeth

3. Chipped or broken teeth – Save any pieces. Rinse the mouth using warm water; rinse any broken pieces. If there’s bleeding, apply a piece of gauze to the area for about 10 minutes or until the bleeding stops. Apply a cold compress to the outside of the mouth, cheek, or lip near the broken/chipped tooth to keep any swelling down and relieve pain. See your dentist as soon as possible. Source: WebMD

If you have any further questions feel free to contact our office!

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