Dental emergencies happen without warning. They can occur during sporting events – as both a player or spectator, when eating, or even in the middle of the night. What exactly is a dental emergency and what should one do?
The first indicator that there is a dental emergency is the fact that there is pain. If it hurts, get to a dentist as fast as possible to avoid the possibility of any complications. Trying to gut through something like this can lead to worse situations. Get it fixed… fast.
When You Knock a Tooth Out
This can occur in a wide number of places. You can be on a field or court playing a game and someone’s elbow could connect with your face or a ball could. Tripping and falling on your face is a possibility. You could even be a spectator and have something hit you. Now you’re missing a tooth and most likely bleeding.
See if you can put the tooth back into the socket – clean it off first, of course. Be very careful not to swallow it. If it won’t stay in the socket, put it in a cup of milk or a special solution that you can get at a pharmacy. It’s important to not let the tooth dry out.
If there’s bleeding, bite gently into a piece of gauze to try to stop it. To give yourself the best chance of saving the tooth, aim to get to the dentist or emergency room within an hour of the incident. As time goes by, the window of opportunity closes rapidly.
When You Have Tooth Pain
For some reason, these incidents seem to happen in the middle of the night – whether to you or the littlest member of your family. In any event, the pain is more than enough to make it the focus of your life and you want to have it go away as fast as possible.
Try to quickly figure out what is causing the pain. See if there are any food items lodged near the site. If there is, use dental floss to get it out. Rinse your mouth out with warm water.
One thing that can help ease the pain is applying a numbing gel to the area that hurts. That can make the trip to the dentist tolerable until you can get into the chair. Do not use aspirin or any other painkiller that is not approved by the ADA, since that can damage the area around the affected tooth. Put a cold compress on your jaw where it hurts.
When You Crack or Break A Tooth
You’re eating, whether at home or out at a restaurant, and you feel something crack when you bite into food. It’s not the thing you’re chewing on – it’s a tooth. Now you feel loose pieces. What do you do next?
Save the pieces. Rinse them off. Rinse your mouth with water. Go to the dentist and see if the tooth can be saved – though it depends on the severity of the crack. Most of the time tooth can be saved by putting a cap/ crown.
There are other specific scenarios, like braces breaking or crowns falling off. The advice is always the same though – go to the dentist. They are the trained experts who can fix the problem and alleviate the pain.
Speed is of the essence when it comes to these situations. It’s more than just trying to alleviate the pain – it’s also preventing any infection or potential expensive surgery, though that also depends on the state of the mouth after the emergency.
A good thing to do in almost all of these situations is to rinse your mouth out with warm salt water. And avoid touching it with your fingers to prevent infection.
The staff at US Dental Medical is always prepared for any kind of dental emergency. They will ensure that the patient has the issue taken care of and will tell them what preventative measures are needed. Patients can call them at 614-252-3181 or email them at [email protected] and they will get back to you promptly.