Tips for Handling Dental Emergency

Tips for Handling Dental Emergency

Jun 01, 2021

A dental emergency can lead to the loss of a natural tooth. However, there is always a high chance of saving the affected tooth if you act fast and do the right things. These emergencies are quite common, and they can happen to everyone.

Therefore, it is paramount to equip yourself with the right tips for handling dental emergencies. That way, if an emergency happens to you or your kid, you will know what to do. In this blog, we will provide you with vital tips to use with dental emergencies. We are here for you if you are looking for emergency dental care.

Emergency Dental Services

In our clinic, we offer various emergency dentistry services, and you can always count on us. Here are some of the services offered in our clinic:

  • Broken and fractured teeth
  • Treatment of unbearable toothache
  • Addressing discomfort caused by orthodontic treatment, especially in children.
  • Treating severe jaw pain
  • Replacing a missing tooth crown
  • Emergency tooth extraction
  • Saving a knocked-out tooth.

When to See the Dentist

Sometimes, you can wait a few hours or even days, depending on your dental problem. For example, if it is a case of broken orthodontic wires, you can apply dental cement on the sharp exposed parts and wait a few days before seeing a dentist. Don’t cut the wires, though. However, there are some cases you have to visit the dentist as soon as possible. Delaying can lead to the loss of a natural tooth in such cases. These emergencies include:

Knocked-Out Tooth

When a tooth is knocked out, it can lead to a lot of pain and bleeding. Most people tend to think the tooth can’t be saved, and they give up on it. However, if you do the right things and get to the dentist ASAP, the chances of saving the affected tooth are very high. Here is what you should do:

  • If the tooth has fallen into the ground, pick it up by the crown and ensure not to touch the roots. Touching the roots can affect vital tissues that will be needed during the treatment.
  • Rinse the tooth to get rid of any dirt and debris.
  • Try to put it back to the socket and gently bite onto it.
  • If you can’t bear the pain, put the tooth in a container with salt water or milk.
  • Carry the container with you and get to the dentist as fast as you can.

Since a knocked-out tooth causes bleeding, we don’t recommend taking painkillers. Some painkillers like aspirin and ibuprofen have been noted to increase bleeding. Just get to the dentist ASAP.

Severe Toothache

Depending on the level of pain, a tooth can be an emergency or not. Before going to the dentist, try these home tips.

  • Rinse your mouth with warm salt water for two to three minutes.
  • Brush and floss your teeth to get rid of any food particles caught between the aching teeth.
  • Try the ice-cold compress method to alleviate pain and any swelling the toothache might have caused.
  • Take the ibuprofen or aspirin as per the packaging to relieve pain.

If none of the above measures alleviates pain, get to the dentist as fast as you can. Your dentist will identify the root cause of the problem and treat you accordingly.

Broken Tooth

If the tooth is seriously broken or fractured, you should get to the dentist as soon as possible, even if it is not painful. In the meantime:

  • Rinse your mouth with warm salt water
  • Try the ice-cold compress method to manage the swelling or pain
  • Pick the broken piece, put it in saltwater and get to the dentist ASAP.

Soft Tissues Injuries

Soft tissues include the gums, tongue, and lips. Typically, soft tissue injuries cause severe bleeding, and the problem should be addressed as soon as possible. In the meantime:

  • Warm some water and use a clean piece of cloth to clean the injured area.
  • Apply some pressure on the injury site with a piece of gauze to control the bleeding.
  • Take acetaminophen as directed on the packaging.

Like with a knocked-out tooth, avoid aspirin and ibuprofen as they are anticoagulants and can increase the bleeding. Then, visit the nearest ER for treatment.

James M. Fieldhouse DDS,

Talk to us with any emergency, and we will help you out. We offer services of the highest quality, and you can count on us with emergency dentistry services such as toothache, knocked-out tooth, and more. Book an appointment now.

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