When a dental emergency occurs, you may be tempted to go into panic mode. Unfortunately, that’s not the best thing to do. Instead, the team at Coco Dental Center wants you to stay calm and be prepared should a crisis arise. Knowing how to handle a particular situation will only prove beneficial when it comes to treating the issue and preventing additional harm. To ensure you have the information you need to feel confident at home, allow us to provide you with a few ways you can handle some of the most common dental emergencies at home.
Start by rinsing your mouth with warm water. This will help to loosen the object. Using waxed dental floss, it is suggested that you gently move it back and forth between your teeth until you can remove the lodged item. If this proves difficult and the object does not budge, call our office immediately and alert us to the situation. We will work to get you in where one of our team members can use specialized tools to remove it and have you on your way.
If you have a tooth that has been partially knocked out, it is advised that you contact us immediately. A partially or fully knocked-out tooth leaves very little time for the dentist to try and save it (about an hour). After you call us, try taking an over-the-counter pain reliever and using a cold compress to reduce swelling and alleviate pain. This will help while you wait to get to our office.
If you can, try to push the tooth back into its socket but don’t attempt to force it. Also, do not chew on that side of your mouth.
When an infection reaches the root of your tooth, you are left with a serious infection known as an abscess. Should you notice a small pus-like growth on your gums (above or below the infected tooth), call us right away. An abscess that does not receive treatment can present serious problems not only for your mouth but your body as well. It will be necessary that we examine the infected tooth and employ the proper treatment to save your oral health from worsening. If necessary, the tooth may need to be extracted.
In the meantime, rinse your mouth with mild saltwater a few times a day to keep the area clean.
Chewing gum, gauze, and a cold compress will be your friend should you have a soft tissue injury. A busted lip, scratched gum, or bitten tongue may bleed profusely, which is why it’s important to use a piece of chewing gum or gauze to minimize and stop the bleeding. Once you’ve accomplished this, use an ice pack or cold compress on the area for a short time to reduce swelling and alleviate discomfort.