What To Do in a Dental Emergency
Injuries to the mouth and teeth, as well as other dental and oral emergencies can be extremely painful and should not be ignored. It is important that you know how to respond when there is a dental emergency in order to stabilize the condition of the injured individual. While some dental emergencies will benefit from some sort of first aid before a dentist is contacted, other emergencies will require you to reach out to the dentist immediately.
Types of Dental Emergencies
A lot of people will argue that a toothache is not a dental emergency. While it is true that one may not require emergency dental care for a toothache, it should still be taken seriously. This is because a toothache can be an indicator of a more serious dental problem. When you have a toothache, you should rinse your mouth with warm water. Next, you'll want to press a cold compress against your mouth if it has resulted in swelling. You can take a pain relief drug to alleviate some of the pain. You should then go see a dentist as soon as you can.
2. Broken teeth
Broken teeth could be as a result of serious injury to the mouth. The first thing to do in this case is to call a dentist. After that is done, you should try to look for any fragments of the broken tooth. Rinse the mouth with warm water and use a cold compress to stop swelling and relieve pain.
3. Cracked teeth
Warm water should be used to rinse the mouth with a cold compress used to stop swelling and alleviate pain. Cracked teeth should be handled seriously as they could to lead to more severe issues. They are also more susceptible to being broken.
4. Loss of permanent tooth
Your permanent tooth could be knocked out in an accident. If this happens, it is best to have someone help you find the tooth. Rinse it and then put it back into the socket. If you find the tooth and are however unable to put it back into the socket, you can hold it in your mouth against your cheek. If you cannot keep the tooth in your mouth for fear of swallowing it, you can keep it in a cup of fresh milk. All of this is to help preserve the tooth so that the dentist will be able to put it back in. Reach out to your dentist immediately and make an emergency appointment.
5. Mouth injury
Impact to the mouth can result in severe injuries. It can even result in damage to the jawline. In this case, you'll want the injured person to lie face up with very little or no face movement then make an appointment with an emergency dentist. If impact to the mouth results in bleeding from the lips, tongue or cheek and it doesn't stop after a few minutes, call an emergency dentist such as Dr. Steven Larsen, DDS, and book an appointment.
6. Bleeding from the mouth
Mouth bleeding could be caused by a number of different factors. Bleeding from your gums could be an indicator a gum disease or inflammation. Blood in the saliva could however mean you have an extremely serious oral disease. If you notice bleeding after you have a tooth removed, you should contact your dentist immediately to have it checked. While a little bleeding may be normal after a dental procedure, it should not persist for hours. If it does, return to the dentist to inquire about it.
7. Lost filling or crown
If you lose your filling, you should get a piece of sugar free gum and cover up the area with it. You could also get dental cement from a pharmacy to cover it up. Leaving the tooth untreated could put you in a lot of pain and can even lead to infection. If your crown falls off however, make sure to keep the crown and bring it to your dentist. You might want to relieve some of the pain by applying some clove oil to the tooth using a cotton swab. Call your dentist right away to book an appointment.
8. Oral disease
An oral disease could be as a result of poor oral health. This could then result in oral infections and other problems in the mouth. This affects the way we live and socialize. At the least, it could lead to a gum infection, but it could also result in chronic mouth problems that will have to be attended to quickly. This is because oral health issues have been found to be linked to other diseases, worsening them in some cases. Reach out to a dentist immediately you detect an oral disease or feel any pain in your mouth.
9. Broken wires and braces
If your wire or braces gets broken, you shouldn't cut the wire to prevent swallowing it. Instead, you should try to push it out of the way to prevent it sticking into your gums or cheek. You can also cover up the end with cotton wool or orthodontic wax. Make an appointment with your dentist to have it replaced.
10. Injured gums, tongue or lips
Light bleeding from your tongue may not be an indicator of a serious injury. Wait for a few minutes, and if the injury is not severe, the bleeding should stop, and the tongue should heal on its own. If the bleeding however refuses to stop, or if you are sure the injury is severe, contact your dentist right away. Injured gums and lips can be treated with a cold compress to alleviate the pain and swelling. A deep cut to the lips will however require immediate attention from the dentist.
When there is a dental emergency, you shouldn't go into a panic. Rather, you should take a deep breath and assess the situation. Try to determine the exact problem. If a tooth is knocked out, try to look for and keep the tooth safe. Once this is done, call a dentist. At our office, Dr. Steven Larsen, DDS is an emergency dentist ready to attend to any of your dental emergencies. Visit us online or call us today! 509-553-5448