There are many reasons why people might need dental care in an emergency situation. Here, we’ll provide 5 of the more common reasons why people seek emergency dental care and what to do in those situations.
Toothaches can sometimes get so bad that you will need to seek emergency dental care. While you are waiting to see your dentist, rinse your mouth out with warm water to clean the area. If your mouth is swollen, place a cold compress on the outside of the mouth near the toothache site. In order to dislodge any debris or food particles left in your mouth, use floss to gently remove them. Never put aspirin against the tooth that’s aching or the gums that surround it or you could make the toothache much worse.
2. Broken or Chipped Tooth
If you break or chip a tooth, it’s important to save any of the pieces of the tooth that you can. Once you have located the piece or pieces, rinse them with warm water. You should also rinse out your mouth with warm water and then use a small piece of gauze to stop any bleeding. In order to reduce swelling, apply a cold compress to the outside of your mouth where the break or chip occurred.
3. Lost Filling or Crown
You’ll need to seek emergency dental care if you lose a filling or a crown. While you’re waiting to see the dentist for a lost crown, you can try to put it back into place by using dental cement, a denture adhesive, or even toothpaste. When a filling falls out, you can take a piece of sugarless gum and stick it into the cavity to replace the filling temporarily.
4. Knocked Out Tooth
Similarly to when you break or chip a tooth, it’s vital to find the tooth. Never pick up the tooth by the root, but by the crown instead. If the tooth is dirty, rinse it off gently with some water but be careful not to scrub the tooth. If possible, try to put the tooth back into place but don’t force it. If you can’t put it back into the right spot, put the tooth in a glass of milk.
An abscess is a serious oral health issue that will need immediate attention. An infection that either occurs in between the gums and teeth or at the root of a tooth, an abscess can be recognized as a pimple-like bump in your mouth that is incredibly painful. While you’re waiting to see your dentist, rinse your mouth out with salt water several times a day.
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