Dental emergencies can be scary and painful experiences. From abscessed teeth to gum trauma, dental emergencies can quickly make us realize how helpless we feel when it comes to caring for our teeth. Unlike other injuries, you can’t put a Band-Aid on hurting teeth or bleeding gums and wait for them to heal.
Dental emergencies need to be taken care of by a dental professional. Coming to see us at Stono Dental Care, where we provide dental emergency care, should be your first course of action. In the meantime, here are a few tips for taking care of yourself or a loved one in a dental emergency.
Perhaps the scariest dental emergency for most people is a knocked-out tooth. Not only does it look bad, but it also is really unnerving! The important thing to remember in this situation is to not panic. If handled correctly, we can often reattach the knocked-out tooth, but you must remember to follow some important steps.
First, do not touch or hold the tooth by the root. This is a very important part of the tooth, and you do not want to risk spreading bacteria to this part. Instead, hold the tooth by the crown (or the top part) of the tooth. If you are able, reinsert the tooth back into the socket it came out of until you can come see us. If you can’t do this, then either hold the tooth in your mouth to keep it moist, or put it in a glass of milk. Tap water is not generally recommended unless you are rinsing off dirt or other debris.
An abscessed tooth may feel like the end of the world. We understand! Tooth pain, in general, is one of the worst pains. To treat an abscessed tooth at home, rinse with salt water two to three times daily. The salt water acts as an antiseptic to remove infection if that is what is causing the problem. If you are experiencing tooth pain or notice an abscess, be sure to call us immediately to schedule an appointment. Waiting for treatment can make the problem worse. In the best case scenario, we can do treatment to save your tooth. If the infection has spread too much, we may need to extract the tooth.
Broken or Chipped Tooth
A broken or chipped tooth can be really painful because the root may be exposed. This leaves your tooth feeling incredibly sensitive to hot or cold temperatures. The good news is that we can usually fix a chipped tooth with cosmetic dental work. We can sometimes save a broken tooth with a crown or other treatment. In this case, save any part of the tooth if you can and call our office right away. Do not put your fingers in your mouth. This increases the likelihood of spreading more bacteria in the area. Simply rinse with salt water to relieve some of the pain and schedule an appointment right away.
Dental emergencies can be scary. Here at Stono Dental Care, we have long-term experience helping our patients with all kinds of dental emergencies. Just take a deep breath, don’t panic, and call our friendly and gentle team right away to get seen!