What To Do In Case of a Dental Emergency
By Ann R. Sielicki, DDS on June 25, 2018
Experiencing a dental emergency can be scary enough, but not knowing what to do when one occurs can be even scarier — not to mention put your oral health in jeopardy. If you experience a dental emergency, the first and most important thing you need to do is call and see your dentist right away. Here are a few important steps to take as you await medical attention:
For a Loose Tooth
Try to put the loose tooth back in its original place by applying very light pressure with your finger. Do not force the tooth back in its place. Bite down to prevent the tooth from falling out or shifting in place.
For a Knocked-Out Tooth
Pick up the knocked-out tooth by its crown or top and avoid touching the root. Gently rinse off the tooth (be careful not to remove any tissue attached to the root of the tooth). If you can, gently place the tooth back in the socket and bite down to hold it in place. If this is not possible, try placing the tooth in between your cheek and gums or place it in milk as you await to see the dentist.
For a Cracked or Fractured Tooth
Immediately rinse your mouth with warm water. Apply a cold compress to the area to control swelling. To alleviate pain, take acetaminophen (not aspirin).
For Tissue or Facial Injuries
Injuries that occur on the inside of the mouth (e.g., lacerations, puncture wounds or tears to the cheeks, lips, mouth and tongue) should be cleaned with warm water. If the tongue is bleeding, gently pull it forward and place pressure on the wound using gauze. For other tissue injuries, apply a cold compress and take acetaminophen as directed.
For a Broken Jaw or Swelling
If you suffer trauma to the jaw or believe that it might be broken, apply a cold compress to control the swelling while you await medical care.
Contact Our Scottsdale Dental Practice
For additional tips on how to handle dental emergencies, or to discuss your oral health concerns with our dentist, contact Sonoran Dental Design. Please call (480) 419-9595 today.
“Dr. Sielicki and her staff are professional and I immediately felt comfortable. My teeth look fantastic. I could not be more pleased with the outcome.” Emily