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What is Emergency Dentistry?

Dental emergencies such as an injury to the gums or teeth should never be ignored as they can be potentially dangerous. Ignoring a dental issue can increase the risk of further damage, which can lead to expensive surgeries.

Emergency dentistry is vital in helping patients with urgent dental situations that cannot wait until a routine check-up appointment. Emergency dentistry provides services that quickly assist patients with high-priority problems so that these issues do not lead to further damages.

Your dentist should be the first person you contact if you experience a dental emergency. Plenty of dentists set aside time to perform emergency dentistry procedures. Have your dentist’s after-hours contact information easily accessible at all times.

It is crucial that you take proper care of your teeth and gums when you experience a dental emergency so that you can reduce the risk of permanent damage.

Here is a guide on how to manage a few common dental emergencies until you get to a dentist:

  • Toothaches

Rinse your mouth with lukewarm water. Dislodge any food between your teeth by using dental floss. If your mouth swells, apply a cold compress wrapped in a cloth to the outside of your cheek or mouth.

Never put any painkillers or aspirin near your tooth or against your gums as it could burn gum tissue.

Schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.

  • Chipped or Broken Teeth

If possible, save any broken pieces that you find. Rinse your mouth with lukewarm water; rinse any broken pieces found. If there is any bleeding, apply gauze to the area for approximately ten minutes or until the bleeding subsides.

Apply a cold compress wrapped in a cloth to the outside of your cheek, mouth, or lip near the chipped/broken tooth. The cold compress relieves pain and helps reduce swelling.

Contact your dentist to schedule an emergency appointment as soon as possible.

  • Knocked-out Tooth

Recover the tooth, holding it by the crown. The crown is the part of the tooth that is exposed to the inside of the moth.

Rinse off the root of the tooth with water, but do not scrub it whatsoever or remove any fragments of tissue attached to it.

Try to place the tooth back in the socket, facing the right way. Do not force the knocked-out tooth into its socket, as that may lead to further damage.

If you are unable to reinsert the tooth, fill a small container with milk and place the tooth in that container. If milk is unavailable, use a cup of water with about a pinch of table salt or Save-A-Tooth.

Visit your dentist as quickly as possible, as knocked-out teeth have the highest chances of being restored if returned to their socket by a dentist within the first hour of being knocked out.

  • Lost Filling

As a temporary solution, use a over-the-counter dental cement or a piece of sugarless gum in the cavity. Gum with sugar may cause pain and discomfort.

Schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.

  • Lost Crown

If your crown ever falls out, schedule an appointment to visit your dentist as quickly as possible. Be sure to bring the crown with you.

If possible, place the crown over the tooth that tooth it was on. Apply a layer of over-the-counter dental cement, denture adhesive, or toothpaste onto the inner surface to assist the crown in staying in place. Do not use any types of crafting glue or super glue.

This certainly is not a complete list, be sure to contact us immediately for your specific emergency situation.

Also learn when it may be time to contact a dentist for an emergency situation.