How to Care for a Dental Emergency
If you are experiencing a dental emergency, call the dentist right away so they can get you into the office quickly. However, if swelling, bleeding pain is severe, or if you are having difficulty breathing, go to the closest emergency room.
Before arriving at a dental office, the following measures can be taken to reduce pain, preserve the tooth, and reduce your risk of complications.
Dislodged out Tooth or Crown
If a tooth is completely knocked out, gently rinse the tooth and try to carefully place it back into the socket. If this isn’t possible or if the patient is a child, place the tooth in a glass of milk or some lightly salted water.
Crowns can also become loose or dislodged. If this happens, clean the area, apply some petroleum jelly, and replace the crown.
The case of a chipped or cracked tooth can vary in urgency. Rinse with salt water and apply gauze if there is any bleeding. Do not apply a topical pain reliever as it can burn. If pain, swelling or bleeding persists or becomes unmanageable before an appointment can be made, consider visiting the emergency room.
Toothaches and Abscesses
When suffering a toothache, pain relief is the goal until seeing the dentist. Rinsing with water, using a topical pain reliever, and applying a cold compress if swelling occurs can reduce symptoms.
Abscesses are serious and should be treated by a dental or medical professional quickly. Until then, rinse with salt water. Consider the emergency room if you can’t be seen immediately.
Ways to prevent and help with dental emergencies
Lehman Waggener recommends including dental emergency items with your first-aid kit. You can find many products at the drug store such as temporary filling and crown repair kits, dental pain relievers, and tooth preserving solutions that can improve the chances of replanting a dislodged tooth.
In addition to preparation, for reducing the risk of dental injuries, many dentists recommend wearing a mouth guard during physical activities and to avoid chewing on non-edible items or using your teeth as a tool.
If you are experiencing a dental emergency in Santa Rosa, call Lehman Waggener Dental today.
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