A dental emergency can be a potentially life-threatening situation that requires action to relieve pain, stop bleeding, or prevent further damage to the teeth and jaws. Emergencies are sometimes caused by traumatic injuries. More often they are the result of long-term neglect of oral health and hygiene maintenance.
A Few Common Dental Emergency and How to Handle Them
It’s good to have a dentist on speed dial. Pain and broken teeth can happen at any time and can bring even the most reluctant people to the dentist.
Knocked out tooth
When a tooth gets knocked out, pick it up by the crown (not the root), gently rinse with water, and try to gently push it back into the socket. If this isn’t possible, place it in a glass of milk and call your dentist immediately.
A toothache can bring you to your knees. It can be caused by tooth decay, infection, tooth eruption, an abnormal bite, or trauma to the tooth. Schedule an appointment with your dentist and rinse with warm salt water, take a painkiller, apply an over-the-counter antiseptic and a cold compress to the outside cheek to relieve pain or swelling.
If your crown falls out, wipe the crown clean, wrap it in a clean cloth, , and schedule an appointment with your dentist.
Chipped or fractured tooth
Chipped and fractured teeth don’t always hurt, but the nerves can get damaged. Even if it’s not bothering you, it’s a good idea to schedule an appointment with your dentist.
How To Avoid Dental Emergencies:
- Don’t use your teeth to open things or chew very hard foods
- Wear a mouthguard when participating in sports
- Schedule regular cleanings and checkups
- Brush and floss daily