Tips To Handle Dental Emergencies
Now that the blazing days of summer have passed and the brisk fall weather has arrived, you decide it is the perfect temperature for taking a nice walk outside. While walking, you trip on a crack in the sidewalk and fall face first, injuring your mouth. You panic, with no idea of the first steps to take to help yourself. Accidents are not fun, but unfortunately, they are a part of life. Dental injuries, like with any other body part, can be as minor as a bitten tongue, or something more severe, like a knocked out tooth. It is important to be prepared with what actions to take for both minor and severe dental accidents.
Dental emergencies can be scary, and during a time of trauma, it can be difficult to remain calm and think clearly, but by educating yourself, you can overcome and handle the situation effectively.
There may be instances where tooth discomfort can be so strong it is difficult to know if there was an accident or if the feeling randomly appeared. A sudden toothache can be one of the worst feelings, and it is difficult to function when so uncomfortable. Try these steps to deal with tooth pain.
- Rinse your mouth with warm water.
- Use dental floss to remove any trapped food
- Look for swollen areas and use a cold compress
- Take an over-the-counter pain reliever
- Call our office for an appointment
Tooth trauma can be seen in different forms, such as a graying, chipped, or even a fully knocked out tooth. These instances can be a little frightening, so it is important to remain calm, use the suggestions below, and call our office as soon as possible.
- For a tooth that appears to have changed color after a fall, it is important to be sure that the tooth is still intact and not loose or cracked. Apply a cold compress and take an over-the-counter pain reliever for any discomfort.
- If a tooth is chipped or broken, it is best to rinse the mouth out with warm water, find the missing piece of tooth, and bring it with you to our office as soon as possible. Immediate treatment is needed to help eliminate potential bacteria and infection.
- For a tooth that has been fully knocked out, locate the tooth and, if you are able, place the tooth in the socket and head to our office immediately. If the tooth is not able to be placed in the socket, place the tooth in a cup of milk. There is a chance the tooth can be saved if you are seen soon enough.
If a dental accident occurs and it is not something that you are able to manage on your own, please contact our location in Lewisville, TX, and we can get you into our office as soon as possible to evaluate and assess the damage. We are always here to help you restore your smile.