How To Handle Dental Emergencies
Unless you exist in a bubble, accidents happen. A stumble in the grocery store parking lot could lead to a knocked-out tooth, opening a package with your teeth can crack or chip your teeth, and some emergencies (such as an abscess) have nothing to do with your lifestyle. The key is to know how to deal with these things when they happen so you can preserve the beauty of your smile. Continue reading to find out what to do when you have a dental emergency on your hands.
A Chipped or Broken Tooth
If you chip your tooth, collect any fragments that may have fallen out of your mouth. Rinse both your mouth and the tooth fragment in warm water. For best results, come see us immediately. Waiting can complicate the problem and cause great pain.
A Knocked-Out Tooth
If the tooth is dirty, rinse it, but do not remove any biological material that is left on the root. If possible, put the tooth back in the socket and call our office ASAP. If you can’t get your tooth back in the socket, don’t force it. Place the tooth in a glass of milk or slightly salted water to preserve it. The faster you are seen by a dentist, the greater your chances of saving the tooth.
Lost Filling or Crown
Ideally, you should replace the filling or crown with over-the-counter dental cement. If cement isn’t handy, then use toothpaste to form a temporary bond and then call our office. Whatever you do, don’t throw away the filling or crown.
An abscess occurs when the tissue surrounding your teeth becomes infected. Not only does an abscess cause pain, it can also lead to facial swelling. Resist the urge to touch the swollen area; rinse your mouth with salt water to help with the pain. As with any emergency, you’ll need to see your dentist sooner rather than later.
There are many other dental emergencies that occur, but these are the most common. Don’t ignore pain or try to fix a tooth on your own; doing so may cause further damage (which, in turn, could cause more pain and dental procedures in the future). Contact our St. Petersburg or Clearwater location and be sure to mention your emergency. Our dental teams are experts at helping you manage your pain and restoring your smile to its original beauty.