13 Nov Dental Emergencies
Unfortunately, even when precautions are taken, it’s still possible to experience a dental emergency. And knowing what to do in the event of an accident can make the difference between saving or losing a damaged tooth.
The most important thing to remember is to get to your dentist’s office at Silver Creek Family Dental as soon as possible; the longer a person waits the likelier it is they will lose the damaged tooth; and the longer they must remain in pain.
When a tooth is knocked out completely, keep it damp at all times. If you can place the tooth back into its socket, without touching the root, then do it. If you’re unable to reposition the tooth, then you can either place the tooth between the cheek and the gum until you can get to your dentist’s office, or submerge the tooth in milk.
A cracked tooth is best left to your dentist, but there are a few precautionary steps to take before you reach your dentist’s chair. First, rinse your mouth out with clean, cold water. The water will clean the tooth and the surrounding area. Then, place a cold compress on the face near the damaged tooth to reduce the swelling.
If you are traveling and you experience a dental emergency, call your dentist’s office to determine the best course of action. It may a problem that can wait until you arrive home; it may be a problem that requires a dentist’s attention immediately.
To avoid a dental emergency, wear a mouth guard when you play sports; all sports have the potential to damage or knockout a tooth. And avoid chewing on hard objects such as ice chunks and popcorn kernels, hardy candies can also be problematic. And one of the things people forget often is to use a scissor to open packaging and other objects; never, ever use your teeth in the place of a tool.
If you have any questions about how to proceed after a dental emergency, or if it’s time to schedule your next visit with your dentist at Silver Creek Family Dental, then call today.