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What to do in Dental Emergency?
- Published on 04 May 2013
- Written by Jean Flossy
Do you know what to do in a dental emergency?
As far as it may be from your mind, when a dental emergency strikes, some basic knowledge can mean the difference from saving your own tooth and financial expense to having to deal with elevated pain and treatment costs.
Sunrise Dental Center has put together an FAQ and some Quick Tips to help you be able to identify and react quickly in the case of most dental emergencies.
Quick Immediate Tips for Dental Emergencies
- Gently rinse your mouth with warm water.
- Do not apply aspirin to the area, as it may burn your gum tissue.
- Cap a lost filling using a piece of sugarless gum.
- If your tooth got knocked out, hold the tooth only by the crown (chewing edge) and keep it moist at all times with milk (or water if no milk is available). Having it treated within 1 hour is your best chance of recovering this tooth.
- Gently apply gauze to stop any bleeding.
- Apply cold compresses to the outside of your mouth to reduce swelling and pain.
- For pain, take an over-the-counter pain reliever such as Tylenol or Advil. Do not exceed recommended doses.
Our Dental Emergencies FAQ
Accidents can happen, and when they do, some basic knowledge could mean the difference between saving or losing your tooth. Our Dental Emergencies FAQ will go over some of the common mishaps. But ALL emergencies dictate you should see a dentist as soon as possible. If the case is very severe and you are unable to locate a dentist, consider visiting your local emergency room.
Q: How do I treat a toothache?
A: This is a very common dental emergency. A toothache is often a sign of infection in or around the tooth. Rinse out your mouth with warm water to clean. You can floss gently to remove any food that might be caught between your teeth. Do not put aspirin on your aching tooth or gums as it may damage the gum tissue. If the pain continues, contact your dentist right away.
Q: What should I do if my tooth got knocked out?
A: For knocked-out tooth is a permanent or adult tooth, keep it moist at all times and hold it only by the crown (chewing edge). Do not attempt to clean the tooth, for risk of further damage. If possible, try placing the tooth back into the socket without touching the root. Bite down gently on gauze or a wet tea bag to help keep it in place. Be careful not to swallow the tooth. Otherwise, place it in between your cheek and gums, in milk (or water if milk is not available), or use a tooth preservation product with the ADA Seal. Or try to place the tooth in a container and cover with a small amount of whole milk or saliva. Then get your and your tooth to your dentist as soon as possible. The best chance of successfully saving the tooth is to be seen within 1 hour. For the future, consider purchasing a tooth-saving storage device (Save-a-Tooth, EMT Tooth Saver) that may be available at your dentist's office. Such a kit contains a travel case and fluid solution and is a good piece to keep in your home first-aid kit.
If your tooth is badly broken, your nerve endings may be exposed. You will need immediate dental help to avoid infection and pain.
Visit our Dental Emergency page to finish reading the full FAQ and learn more...