Dental emergencies cause both pain and stress, but with the help of the right tools and your dentist, you can deal with any mouth injury. The following guide provides resources for what to do in specific cases, though you should always contact your dentist when dental emergencies occur:
Should you experience a toothache, first try flossing to be sure no food is caught between the teeth causing the pain. If that doesn’t work, then try rinsing with warm water and use an ice pack for swelling and pain. If those steps do not alleviate your pain, then call your dentist immediately to get an emergency appointment.
- Chipped Tooth
If you chip or break a tooth, then save any pieces for your dentist and rinse your mouth with warm water. If there is bleeding, then apply pressure with clean gauze. Use ice compresses to ease pain and reduce swelling and see your dentist as soon as possible.
- Tooth Loss
If an accident causes unexpected tooth loss, then contact your dentist immediately. Retrieve the tooth and rinse it off, but do not scrub the root end. Place the tooth in a glass of milk and take it into your dentist.
- Lost Fillings
In the case of a lost filling, schedule an appointment with your dentist. If a crown comes loose, then save the crown until your appointment with your dentist.
- Soft Tissue Injuries
For soft tissue injuries in the mouth, rinse with a gentle salt water solution and use gauze and pressure for 15-20 minutes to stop the bleeding. Use cold compresses for pain and swelling. If the bleeding doesn’t stop, then see your dentist or go to the emergency room.
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