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Practically any type of tooth or gum injury can become aggravated if ignored – potentially to the point of deteriorating your dental health to the point of rendering it into a serious health risk and needing more serious treatment such as a root canal.
Overlooking a dental emergency can compromise your oral health and put you at risk for attaining permanent damage, which can eventually produce a need for more extensive and more expensive future dental treatment/procedure. One of these procedures is a root canal, a common treatment that can sometimes be avoided.
Emergency Dentist - Symptoms & Treatments
Below, we offer some simple instructions for dealing with various dental complications until you are able to visit a dentist.
Emergency Dentist - Symptoms & Treatments
- Rinse your mouth with warm water (Add a teaspoon of salt and rinse for 40 seconds)
- Gently use dental floss to remove any food
- Apply an ice pack to the outside of your cheek to reduce swelling (if swelling is present)
- Contrary to come people’s beliefs, do not apply any painkillers to the sore gums near the aching tooth
- Contact a dentist for more information or to set up an emergency dental appointment
How To Deal With A Chipped Or Broken Tooth
- Rinse any chipped pieces of tooth in cold water and save the piece(s) in a sealed container with some cold milk or cold water,
- Gently rinse your mouth with salt water (half cup warm water and teaspoon salt.)
- If bleeding occurs, use a piece of gauze to clean the blood out of the area. With another piece of clean gauze, apply pressure on the source of the bleeding for roughly 10 minutes.
- An ice pack can reduce swelling and bleeding. Apply it to the outside of the cheek or lip, over-top the chipped tooth.
- See your dentist as soon as possible and bring the chipped tooth-in-container with you.
What To Do In Case Of A Knocked-out Tooth
- Find the tooth and hold it by its chewing surface. Avoid touching the root.
- Rinse the tooth off with cold water, without scrubbing it or removing any remnants of tissue.
- If possible, without applying pressure to it, gently reinsert the tooth back into its gum socket, ensuring it is facing the right direction.
- If you are unable to easily replace the missing tooth in its socket, place it in a small, clean container of milk.
- If milk is not available, place the tooth in a small sealed container of water and add a quarter teaspoon of salt to it.
- See your dentist as soon as you can, within the hour, if possible.
What To Do If You Have A Loose Tooth Or Lost A Filling?
- Call and visit your dentist immediately
- Apply a cold compress to the outside of your cheek until the dentist can see you.
- Swallow one or two painkillers – Do not apply it to the affected area.
- For a lost filling, place a piece of sugar-free gum over the affected tooth and press on it for 2 seconds.
- See your dentist as soon as possible.
What To Do With A Lost A Dental Crown?
- Make a dental appointment and visit your dentist as soon as you can and make sure to bring the displaced dental crown with you to the dental office.
- If you feel pain and are unable to see a dentist, you can use a q-tip to apply clove oil (this can be bought at almost any pharmacy)
- If the dental crown is still intact, add a small amount of toothpaste to the inside and place it back on your tooth until your dental appointment.
How To Deal With Broken Braces Wires
- If the braces’ wire is broken, it can potentially poke your tongue, gums or cheeks.
- Use a piece of sugar-free gum, the tip of an eraser, gauze, or orthodontic wax to cover the sharp piece of wire.
- Make an appointment with your orthodontist as soon as possible – Do not try to cut the wire as it can potentially move into your throat or airway.
What To Do In Case Of Loose Braces Brackets And Bands
- Using orthodontic wax, do you best to re-affix loose braces
- If you have trouble reattaching the loose bracket, simply place orthodontic wax over the loose brace to reduce discomfort.
- Contact your orthodontist as soon as possible
How To Deal With An Abscessed Tooth Or Possible Tooth Infection
- An abscess is an infection, (similar to a sore, pimple or ulcer) around the root of a tooth or between a tooth and gum tissues.
- Contact your dentist as soon as possible – This type of infection can spread to other parts of your body.
- To relieve pain and minimize the chances of spreading the infection to surrounding teeth or your internal organs, rinse your mouth with a mixture of a half teaspoon of table salt and 8 oz water- Rinse 3-5 times a day until you can see a dentist.
What To Do If You Have Oral Bleeding Or An Injury To Your Gums, Tongue, Or Cheeks
- Rinse your mouth with salt-water (8 oz. Water with 1/2 teaspoon of salt)
- Moisten a piece of gauze or a teabag and apply it (with pressure) to the source of your bleeding for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Apply an ice pack or cold compress to the outside of your cheek to slow down the bleeding.
- If bleeding does not stop after 30 minutes, call your dentist or go to the hospital as soon as possible.
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