Comforting Care Through a Dental Emergency
A dental emergency can be a frightening experience, not just for the discomfort, but also for the prospect of permanent tooth damage or loss that can result (depending on the situation). With a little preparation, and the compassionate care of your family dentist, you can make it through a dental emergency with minimal damage, and a significantly reduced risk of tooth loss.
When to Consider It a Dental Emergency
A dental emergency can entail a number of different situations, from tooth damage to an infection that has been allowed to progress unchecked. More specifically, common emergency situations can include;
- A cracked or fractured tooth
- A broken tooth (meaning a piece has broken off)
- A knocked out, or avulsed, tooth
- A sudden, severe toothache
- Pain and/or swelling in the gums around your teeth
- A cut or abrasion on your soft oral tissues (i.e., tongue, cheek, upper palate, etc.)
Part of your treatment may involve an appropriate restorative dentistry procedure to fix any damage, or eliminate any infection that may have occurred.
Until You Make It to Our Office
If you experience a dental emergency, then you should call our office as soon as possible to schedule an emergency visit. In the meantime, you can minimize the damage, and your discomfort, with a few first-aid tips;
- If your tooth hurts and you are not sure why, then try taking an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as Tylenol and Ibuprofen.
- If bleeding occurs, then bite down gently on a clean, moist piece of gauze for about ten minutes, or until the bleeding stops.
- If a piece is broken off of your tooth, then carefully rinse your mouth with warm water and try to avoid scraping your lips or gums on the jagged edge.
- If inflammation occurs, then place an ice pack or cold compress on the appropriate side of your mouth to mitigate the swelling.
- If your tooth is knocked out, then collect it, if possible. Rinse it carefully, along with your mouth, and try to place the tooth back in its socket. If it doesn’t fit, then place the tooth in a small container of milk, and bring it with you to your emergency visit (if attention is sought quickly enough, then Dr. Sayyah may be able to replant the tooth).