How to Handle Dental Emergencies
Dental emergencies present a potentially traumatic experience for both adults and children alike, but if you are properly prepared and know exactly what to do, then you can get through an emergency with little stress and the best possible outcome. A dental emergency can take many forms, from a severe toothache to a broken jaw. No matter what the situation, it’s always best to be prepared.
Knowing what to do during a dental crisis is absolutely critical if you want to make it to the other side unscathed. It is certainly possible in many cases when a person is well prepared and acts quickly, that all long-term effects of a dental emergency can be completely avoided. However, if you are unprepared and act slowly, the effects can stick with you for a lifetime.
It is always best during a dental emergency to call your dentist immediately. If you can’t get to your dentist right away, however, there are things you can do to provide temporary protection for a damaged tooth.
Many people try their hardest to simply ignore a toothache when it occurs. This is unfortunate because a severe toothache is usually a sign of a more severe underlying dental problem. For temporary relief, you can use a salt rinse to remove any food particles. Apply ice to the outside of the mouth where the pain is to alleviate inflammation and see your dentist as soon as possible.
Chipped or Knocked-Out Teeth
If your tooth becomes chipped or knocked out, save the piece of the tooth that has fallen out and place it in milk, or, if you can, insert the fallen out tooth back into place and hold it in place gently with a paper towel. Apply ice to the area to alleviate pain and inflammation. You must see your dentist as soon as possible in hopes to save the tooth.