Dental 9-1-1: What To Do in an Emergency
You may be the most cautious person around, but there is no way to completely avoid accidents. You can trip over your dog’s leash while out on a walk, lose your balance during an inverted yoga pose, or simply step off of a curb the wrong way — all roads leading to dental disaster. At Wayne Dental Care, we want you to be prepared for these calamities and we offer the following tips on how to handle the most common dental emergencies.
Emergency #1 — Knocked-Out Tooth
The faster you react to a knocked-out tooth, the more likely you are to save it. Your first step should be calling for an emergency dental appointment. Next, you should retrieve the tooth and rinse it off; whatever you do, do not scrub it. If at all possible, place the tooth back in the oral cavity, but don’t force it. If you cannot replace the tooth, store it in milk or saliva until you reach the dentist’s office.
Emergency #2 — Chipped or Cracked Tooth
As with any emergency, place priority on calling for an emergency appointment. In both cases, extreme pain can result, so seeking treatment is urgent. In the meantime, you can provide some pain relief by holding a covered ice pack against your face on the affected side.
Emergency #3 — Abscessed Tooth
While not directly caused by accidents, abscessed teeth occur when there is an infection between the tooth and gums, which sometimes begin as a result of a trauma such as a cracked tooth. An abscess is extremely painful and can cause facial swelling. Don’t breathe a sigh of relief if the pain subsides naturally, as that may be an indication that the tooth pulp (nerve) has died. Regardless of the persistence of your pain, contact your dentist for an appointment ASAP.
We hope you never have to deal with a dental emergency, but if you do, we’re here for you. If you live in or near Wayne, Pennsylvania, and are searching for a dental practice that will make you feel like one of the family, then contact our office to schedule an appointment. We look forward to seeing your smile!