If you are faced with a dental emergency, the best thing you can do is visit your dentist immediately. However, in some situations, you may not be able to make it to the dentist’s office as quickly as you’d like.
Find out what you should do in the following situations:
If you crack your tooth, rinse your mouth out with warm water. Then use gauze to stop any bleeding. Apply a cold compress to your cheek near the cracked tooth. This can help to minimize swelling and reduce pain.
A severe toothache can make it hard to focus on anything else, and it can be a sign of a bigger problem. If you can’t get in to see your dentist, rinse out your mouth and gently floss between all of your teeth to dislodge any particles. Do not put painkillers next to your gums because this could damage them. Instead, use an ice pack to prevent swelling and reduce pain.
Broken or Dislodged Wires
Broken or dislodged wires in your mouth can cut into your cheeks and gums, which could leave you vulnerable to infection. If it is possible, try to slide the wire back into place. If not, use orthodontic wax or gauze to cover the end of the wire so it cannot cut you. Never cut the wire since you could end up swallowing or inhaling the cut off piece.
Knocked Out Tooth
If you knock out a tooth, retrieve it immediately and rinse it off with warm water. Then rinse out your mouth. If possible, gently insert the tooth partially back into its place, if not place it in milk. Use gauze to stop the bleeding and contact your dentist immediately. You are much more likely to save your tooth if you make it to the dentist within an hour.
If for some reason, the tooth cannot be saved, you may need to have the tooth replaced instead. Dr. Okay’s office offers single tooth replacement. This can be used to replace a missing tooth and is an alternative treatment that eliminates the need for a bridge.
To learn more about handling dental emergencies and repairing your smile, contact Dr. Okay’s office today.