Seeing as you probably encounter dental emergencies less frequently than medical emergencies, you may not know exactly what to do. Let us be the first ones to tell you not to panic! Staying calm will be the first and most important step in a dental emergency.
Here’s a quick list of common dental emergencies (from least to most severe) and what you should do before visiting your dentist:
You have something stuck between your teeth.
Sometimes dislodging a piece of food (popcorn kernel, sunflower seed, etc.) from your teeth is as simply as using a toothpick or dental floss. Be sure not to use sharp objects that could damage your teeth, such as a tack or safety pin. If your efforts continue to be unsuccessful, your dentist may be able to give you a hand.
You have a persistent toothache.
Tooth pain may not seem like a big deal, but it could be indicative of infection. To prevent any infection from spreading, schedule an appointment as quickly as possible for your dentist to assess the situation. In the meantime, over the counter pain relievers can reduce the pain.
You lost a filling or crown.
Save as many pieces as possible just in case they’d be useful to your dentist. Fill a lost filling with chewed sugarless gum. Should your tooth be in pain due to an exposed nerve, clove oil can reduce the pain. Your dentist will repair or replace your missing filling or crown.
You chip or break a tooth.
Just like losing a filling or crown, save as many pieces as possible. Rinse out your entire mouth, pack your gums with gauze if you experience bleeding, and apply a cold compress to areas that swell. Visit your dentist as soon as possible to discuss your restoration options.
Your tooth gets knocked out.
If you’re prone to rough and tumble situations, losing a tooth is a possibility. While this may be the scariest and most serious of the aforementioned situations, it’s crucial that you do not panic. And as strange as it may sound, keep the tooth (if possible), wash it clean, and insert it into the original gum tissue. Do not pull away any loose tissue. Your dentist may be able to use your natural tooth for your restoration if seen within a few hours.
If you have a dental emergency, give us a call ASAP. We’d be happy to fully restore your teeth.