Dental emergencies can happen unexpectedly, causing pain and discomfort that requires immediate attention. Knowing what to do during a dental emergency can keep your mouth healthy and relieve any pain you may have. In this blog post, we’ll explore the steps you can take to address an emergency effectively while awaiting dental treatment.
The first and most crucial step in dealing with a dental emergency is to stay calm. Panicking can make the situation more stressful and less manageable. Take a deep breath and assess the situation. Identify the type and severity of the issue to determine if emergency dental services are required.
In any dental emergency, contacting your dentist should be a top priority. Dental professionals are trained to handle emergencies and provide guidance over the phone. Call our office and explain the situation, providing as much detail as possible. We will be able to advise you on the next steps and schedule an emergency dental care appointment if necessary.
For more information on our emergency dental services or to book an appointment, click here. While waiting to come in, here are some tips to address immediate injuries or pain.
Toothaches can be excruciating, and they often indicate an underlying dental issue. Rinse your mouth with lukewarm water to clean it, and then use dental floss to remove any trapped debris or food particles. Do not apply aspirin or other painkillers directly to the gum or tooth, as this can damage the soft tissues. Over-the-counter pain relievers can help relieve some discomfort while you wait for professional help.
A broken or chipped tooth can be very painful and may require immediate attention. Follow these steps:
Rinse your mouth with warm water to clean it. If there’s bleeding, apply gentle pressure with clean gauze or a cloth. Save any broken tooth fragments if possible.
Should a dental filling or crown come loose or fall out, it can cause discomfort and sensitivity. Here’s what to do:
Save the filling or crown if you can. Clean the affected tooth gently with warm water. Apply a dental cement or over-the-counter dental adhesive to reattach the crown or filling temporarily. These products are available at most pharmacies.
Injuries to the lips, tongue, cheeks, or gums can be painful and may result from accidents or biting. To address soft tissue injuries:
Rinse your mouth with warm saltwater to disinfect and soothe the area. Apply gentle pressure with clean gauze to control bleeding. If the bleeding doesn’t stop or the injury is severe, seek immediate medical attention.
Knowing how to handle dental emergencies can greatly impact your oral health and overall well-being. Remember to stay calm, contact your dentist, and follow these steps to address common dental emergencies effectively. Prompt action can minimize pain, prevent further damage, and help you get back to a healthy, pain-free smile.