Dealing with a Dental Emergency
Do you know how to deal with a dental Emergency?
What is a dental emergency?
Here are a few of the usual dental emergencies and how you can deal with them before you get to the dentist.
- Toothaches: First use warm water to clean your mouth, floss to eliminate any debris between the teeth if there is swelling present use a cold pack on the outside of the mouth. You can take an analgesic orally until you can get an appointment with the dentist, but do not place any analgesic against the gum in the area of the tooth as it could cause damage to the gum.
- Chipped teeth: rinse your mouth to remove any pieces. If there is any bleeding, use some gauze applying it to the region for around 10 minutes to help reduce or stop the bleeding. You can use an icepack on the outer mouth area to keep the swelling down.
- Partially dislodged teeth: apply an icepack to the outer surface of your mouth in the area that is affected, take acetaminophen for the pain and call your dentist.
- Lost crown/cap: if a crown comes off you can use some oil of clove applied to a cotton swab to ease the pain. If you have the crown you can use an OTC dental bond to replace the crown until you can see your dentist.
- Abscesses: Rinse with warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon of table salt in 8 ounces of water) several times a day until your dentist can see you.
- Gum or soft tissue injuries: control bleeding by rinsing with a mild salt water mixture, hold a moist pad or a teabag to the area applying gentle pressure to stop the bleeding for about 15 minutes, if the bleeding does not stop, go to the ER.