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We're all familiar with accidents and emergencies that can break our daily routine and try hard to ruin our days. Dental emergencies are no exception and, even though maintaining good oral health habits can prevent the vast majority of them, they can still occur at any moment and to anyone. The information on this website is designed to put the knowledge and power in your hands in order to apply simple treatments for dental emergencies.
The treatments suggested here are by no means replacements for the treatment you will and should receive from trained professionals in the dentistry field. Please use these for temporary treatment and then contact us for further examination, diagnosis, treatment, and recommendations. Please read the instructions completely before administering any medical relief.
What Should I Do In A Dental Emergency?
If you are experiencing toothache, the first thing you should do is clean around the affected tooth thoroughly. Rinse the mouth with warm salt water to remove food trapped between teeth. DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES use aspirin on the aching tooth or on the gum. Apply a cold compress to any areas of swelling. Acetaminophen is recommended for providing temporary pain relief, however you should see a dentist as soon as possible.
Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip, or Cheek
Any bruised areas should have ice applied to them to prevent inflammation. Firm, gentle pressure should be applied to bleeding areas with sterile gauze or a clean cloth. If bleeding persists after 15 minutes, go to an emergency room immediately.
Broken Braces and Wires
Mouth appliances should only be removed if they come out easily. If the appliance is stuck, lodged, or causes pain upon removal, any protruding edges should be covered with wax, gauze, cotton balls, or chewing gum. If there is any wire caught in the gums, tongue, or cheek, DO NOT REMOVE IT; see your dentist immediately. Emergency attention is generally not necessary for broken or loose appliances that cause no discomfort or pain, however you should see your dentist as soon as possible.
Broken or Chipped Tooth
First use warm water to rinse the area clean and then apply a cold compress on the facial area of the injury. Attempt to retain any broken tooth fragments and seek dental help immediately.
Knocked Out Permanent Tooth
In case of a knocked out tooth, recover the tooth by holding it by the crown (normally visible side). Rinse the tooth, however do not handle the tooth more than necessary and do not attempt to scrub clean. If possible, reinsert the tooth into its place and hold it there with gauze or a clean cloth. If it is impossible to reinsert the tooth, fill a cup with water or milk and place the tooth inside. Time is very important, so see your dentist immediately.
Possible Broken Jaw
Injuries to the jaw are very serious and should be treated in an emergency room. Until then, attempt to tie the mouth closed with a tie, handkerchief, towel, etc.
Bleeding After a Baby Tooth Falls Out
Apply a folded piece of gauze tightly over the bleeding area and bite down. Maintain. If bleeding does not cease after 15 minutes, see your dentist.
Cold or Canker Sores
Temporary pain relief and treatment can be obtained through over-the-counter medications. However, if the sores continue or worsen, see your dentist.
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