Some dental emergencies leave no doubt that it’s time to run to the dentist. Other times, someone may wonder if it’s really necessary to rush in. Here’s a list of some common dental emergencies.
Go to the Emergency Room
- An accidental bite to the lip or tongue can bleed profusely. Clean the wound and use a cold compress to limit swelling. If bleeding continues, go to the emergency room.
- If your jaw could be broken, apply a cold compress and go to the emergency room.
Call Your Dentist Immediately
- If a tooth is knocked out, rinse it but do not scrub the tooth or remove any pieces of tissue still attached. Try to reinsert the tooth in the socket. If that isn’t possible, place the tooth in a container with milk and visit the Emergency Dentist.
- A loose tooth needs immediate dental care to save the tooth. Apply a cold compress.
- When a tooth is broken or cracked, rinse with warm water and use a cold compress for swelling.
- When something gets stuck between the teeth, it may be possible to remove it with dental floss. Call the dentist if it won’t come out.
Make an Appointment
- If a filling or crown falls out, put it in a safe place and call the dentist for an appointment. Ask your dentist for suggestions on reducing tooth sensitivity.
- Painful swelling may indicate an abscess or infection. Rinsing with salty water may help temporarily.
- When the wisdom teeth don’t come out as they should, they can become infected. Symptoms of pericoronitis include swollen gums, bad breath or an inability to open the mouth completely.
- For a sudden toothache, rinse with salty water and gently floss around the tooth in case something has gotten stuck. If pain continues, call the dentist.
Call Your Dentist or Orthodontist
- Damaged braces may or may not need to be repaired immediately. Call and describe the damage in order to determine if an emergency fix is needed.
Tips on Avoiding Injuries to the Teeth
- Don’t try to cut or open something with the teeth; use scissors or a bottle opener.
- Don’t chew ice, hard candy or popcorn kernels; doing this can crack a tooth.
- Always wear a mouthguard during sports or other recreational activities.
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