Although dental emergencies can be frightening, it is important that you maintain a level head. Taking fast, appropriate action can stop a dental emergency from worsening and help to ease your pain as quickly as possible. Your dentist can give you personalized guidance on what steps you should take to manage the situation. You should call us as soon as your dental emergency begins. Depending on the nature of the problem, we might offer you some of the following advice:
Tie a knot in some waxed dental floss, and insert the floss between your teeth. Try to use the knot to gently dislodge the object that is stuck there. Do not use anything sharp to try to remove the item; attempting to use a knife or similar tool could damage both your teeth and your gums. If you cannot get the item out via your own efforts, visit our office. Our team will find a way to remove the object.
An extruded tooth is one that has been knocked out of place, but it has not been totally dislodged. This is a very urgent problem. The sooner you get to our office for care, the more likely it is that we will be able to successfully reattach your tooth. Before your appointment, you can take some ibuprofen or another type of painkiller to ease your discomfort. You may also try to gently and carefully push the tooth back into its socket. Do not chew with the extruded tooth.
An abscess is a pocket of pus that results from an advanced infection. One may form near a tooth’s root or in the gum tissue. Left untreated, this type of infection could result in tooth loss and even cause systemic illness. Rinsing with a saltwater solution a few times a day can kill some harmful bacteria and help to make you more comfortable. However, the only way to solve the problem is to visit a dentist for professional treatment as soon as possible.
If your cheeks, tongue, or lips are bleeding, rinsing with saltwater and then holding a piece of sugar-free gum over the area for 15 - 20 may help to stop the flow. Applying a cold compress may reduce swelling. If you cannot stop the bleeding, or you have a soft tissue injury that is severe, it may be best to head to a local emergency room for treatment. Later, you can visit us for follow-up care.