Dental emergencies can occur unexpectedly, causing discomfort and anxiety. Knowing how to react can make a significant difference in preserving your dental health.
1. Stay calm and assess the situation
Panicking can worsen the situation. Take a deep breath, assess the severity of the problem, and determine whether immediate professional help is required.
2. Contact your dentist
Call Maple Park Dental and explain the situation. We will evaluate the urgency and guide you on what to do next. If the incident occurs outside of working hours, find an emergency dentist in your area.
3. Handle a knocked-out tooth gently
If a tooth gets knocked out, handle it carefully by the crown, not the roots. Rinse it with milk or saline solution without scrubbing, then try to reinsert it into the socket. If it is not possible, place it in milk or keep it between your cheek and gums and visit the dentist immediately.
4. Control bleeding
Apply gentle pressure with a clean gauze or cloth to stop bleeding from the mouth or gums. Rinse your mouth with warm saltwater to keep the area clean and reduce the risk of infection.
5. Alleviate pain and discomfort
Over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen can help manage dental pain temporarily. Applying a cold compress to the affected area can reduce swelling and provide relief.
6. Manage a broken or chipped tooth
If a tooth breaks or chips, rinse your mouth gently with warm water to remove any debris. If the tooth is sharp, cover it with dental wax or sugarless chewing gum to prevent further injury.
7. Be prepared with an emergency dental kit
Create an emergency dental kit containing essentials like gauze, a small container with a lid, pain relievers, salt packets, dental wax, and the contact information of your dentist. This kit will prove invaluable during dental emergencies.
While dental emergencies can be scary, taking the right steps can keep the situation from getting worse, and can keep your pain in check. By staying calm, seeking immediate professional help, and being prepared, you can effectively manage any dental emergency that comes your way. Have more questions? Get in touch HERE