In the case of a dental emergency, it’s best to seek treatment from an emergency dentist as soon as possible. However, you can reduce the severity of your dental emergency by being prepared and knowing what steps to take. Should you find yourself in an emergency, here are some tips:
Toothache: Rinse your mouth thoroughly with warm water. Remove any food particles that have become stuck. You can apply a cold compress to your cheek or the outside of your mouth if your mouth is swollen.
Aspirin or any other pain reliever should never be directly applied to the gums near a hurting tooth since it may cause the gum tissue to burn. Make a dental emergency appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.
Chipped tooth: Save as many fragments as possible. Submerge the pieces of tooth in milk or contact solution and store them in an airtight container. Use warm water to rinse the mouth, as well as any shattered bits. If bleeding occurs, place a piece of gauze over the wound for about 10 minutes, or until the flow stops.
To reduce swelling and ease discomfort, apply a cold compress to the exterior of the mouth, cheek, or lip near the chipped tooth. See your dentist as soon as possible. Within one to two hours, bring the fragment to your dentist.
Your dentist may be able to attach the chipped pieces back to your tooth if it is possible. If not, a minor restoration is necessary to avoid discomfort and cosmetic problems.
Abscess: If you are experiencing symptoms of an abscess, go to your dentist as soon as possible. Dental abscesses can affect your dental health and your overall health. In the interim, rinse your mouth several times a day with a saltwater solution, 1/2 teaspoon of salt mixed in 8 ounces of water, to relieve dental pain and draw the pus to the surface.
Lost Fillings or Crowns: It’s important to replace lost fillings or crowns as soon as possible. Contact your dentist as quickly as possible. It is not recommended to dispose of the filling until it is determined if the dentist can reuse it. In certain instances, it’s possible for a dentist to re-cement a dental crown. Rinse the area with warm salt water and remove all food debris.