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Emergency Dental Care

Knowing what to do after an accident, will determine if you will be able to save a tooth or lose a tooth. It is imperative to visit a dentist as soon as possible. Many dentists retain time in their schedules for emergency patients, be sure to call your dentist and provide information about your condition. Here are some typical dental emergencies and how to deal with them. Concentrate on stopping the bleeding and preserve the injured area or tooth by following the instructions in this section. In your injury is life-threatening, call 911 or go immediately to a hospital.

Severe Pain

Only a dental appointment can determine the cause of severe pain. Until you see a dentist, apply ice to the affected area for 10-20 minutes every hour. For pain you can take acetaminophen as prescribed on the label.

Possible Broken Jaw

Try not to move your jaw. Secure your jaw with a necktie, handkerchief, or towel by tying it around the jaw and around the top of the head. Apply a cold compress and head to the emergency room immediately.

Debris in The Teeth

Use a piece of dental floss to attempt to dislodge the debris. If you are powerless to remove the object, contact a dentist to schedule an appointment.

Loose Tooth

A bridge will be secured to your teeth to provide an anchor of support.

Broken or Chipped Tooth

There may be a chance to reattach the pieces of your tooth. Follow the below steps and see a dentist.

For the wounded person:

  • Flush your mouth with warm water to cleanse the mouth. Apply gauze and apply pressure to control the bleeding. Attempt to find the broken or chipped pieces.
  • Once the bleeding stops, place an ice pack or cold compress to the damaged area to reduce swelling.

For the broken or chipped tooth:

  • Rinse the pieces and your mouth with warm water.
  • Places the tooth pieces in a container and cover them with, water with a little salt, milk, or saliva from the injured.

Knocked-out teeth

A Kids Baby Tooth

Contact your dentist immediately. If your kids tooth is knocked out, odds are the tooth cannot be reattached. The missing tooth will be restored with the child’s permanent tooth.

A Permanent Tooth

You have a small window of 1-2 hours for a chance to re-install your tooth – only your dentist can determine for sure. Take the below steps and see your dentist immediately.

For the wounded person:

  • Flush your mouth with warm water to cleanse the mouth. Apply gauze and apply pressure to control the bleeding. Attempt to find the broken or chipped pieces.
  • Once the bleeding stops, place an ice pack or cold compress to the damaged area to reduce swelling. 
  • Places the tooth pieces in a container and cover them with, water with a little salt, milk, or saliva from the injured.

For the broken or chipped tooth:

  • Hold the tooth by its crown and gently rinse the tooth, be sure to not remove the gum tissue.
  • Place the tooth in a container and cover them with, water with a little salt, milk, or saliva from the injured.

Lost Filling or Crown

Arrange an appointment with your dentist. You can alleviate pain caused by air contacting the exposed tooth with clove oil applied by a swab to the exposed area. Applying an ice pack on the face in area that hurts can also help to relieve the pain.

Filling:

  • Save the filling and bring it to your dentist for your scheduled appointment.
  • You can fill the hole with tooth wax or cement. (available at your local pharmacy)

Crown:

  • If you locate the crown, you can temporarily reestablish it until you see your dentist.
  • Gently clean the debris, before reattaching the crown, apply dental cement, denture adhesive or toothpaste.

Toothache

Wash your mouth out with warm water. Lightly floss around the tooth in pain to remove food particles. If your tooth continues to ache, you should schedule an appointment with your dentist.

Soft Tissues and Gums

Bitten Tongue or Lip

  • A cut less than ¼ inch will heal on its own.
  • Clean the area and apply an ice pack, cold compress or frozen fruit or vegetables to subside swelling.
  • If the cut is larger than ¼ inch, and bleeding continues after cold treatment, go to the emergency room.

Burned Roof of Mouth

  • The painful blisters and sores will typically heal on their own. If it lasts past 10 days, see a dentist.
  • Rinse with warm salt water to clean the area. If pain relief is necessary use a topical oral anesthetic.

Swelling, Pain or Abscess

Schedule an appointment immediately, swelling or gum pain can be symptoms of an abscess.

Only a dental exam by a dentist can identify the problem. Your abscess may burst and a rush of foul-tasting and foul-smelling from the swollen area. Rinse with warm water immediately.

Braces

You will experience a little bit of discomfort after each time you have your retainers or braces adjusted. To mitigate some of the discomfort, use warm salt water to rinse your mouth or take acetaminophen.

Food Between Teeth

To displace the food, try using a small knot in the dental floss to dislodge the food, or toothpick or interproximal brush.

Segment of Appliance Inhaled

Go to the emergency room or call 911 immediately

Segment of Appliance Swallowed

Contact your orthodontist or dentist to talk about the next steps.

A Protruding Wire

Contact your orthodontist to schedule an appointment. Use a pencil eraser or Q-tip and nudge the wire flat adjacent to the tooth. If you cannot position the wire into a comfortable position, coat it with dental wax.

Bracket Dislodged

Contact your orthodontist to schedule an appointment. If the bracket has swiveled on the wire and is protruding, try to return it to its original position.

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