Dental Emergency Help
WE CARE ABOUT EVERY aspect of your oral health. Unfortunately, we know sometimes that includes unexpected emergencies. It’s just a fact of life, no matter how careful all of us are, or how much we try, sometimes thing just happen that are out of our control.
While a dental injury might start out as something small, don’t ignore what has happened just because there is no immediate pain or discomfort. Dental injuries that are not fixed risk more permanent damage, and more expensive repair work in the future. Also, just because it doesn’t hurt doesn’t always indicate that nothing serious has happened in your mouth.
As we’ve said, dental emergencies are never planned but can’t always be avoided. To help in situations you may face, here’s a quick list of simple tips you can do until you can get to our office to see Dr. Saleh.
Something Caught Between Your Teeth?
Gently try dental floss first, and never use a sharp object. If you can’t get it out, call us to help.
Rinse with warm water and check carefully to see if anything is lodged. Apply an ice pack if needed to reduce the swelling, and call us as soon as possible. We probably need to take a look to see what is causing it.
A Knocked Out Tooth?
“Time is of the essence” in trying to save a tooth. (watch the video below)
Chipped & Broken Tooth?
Although it may sound sorta gross, save the pieces of the tooth if you can. Apply gauze pressure if you’re bleeding. Like a knocked out tooth, see us as soon as you can.
A Dislodged Tooth?
Apply a cold compress to help if there’s pain. Take over-the-counter pain relievers as needed. Call us and come in to visit right away, there is no need to suffer from unnecessary pain or discomfort.
Lose A Filling?
Believe it or not, as a temporary measure until you can get in here to see us, you can stick a piece of sugarless chewing gum into the hole. Then, call us!
Lost A Crown?
Come in as soon as possible and be sure to bring the crown. In the meantime, slip the crown back in if you can, or use a cotton swab to apply a little clove oil to the sensitive area.
Broken Braces Wires?
If the wire sticks out and is poking you (ouch), try using the eraser end of a pencil to push the wire into a comfortable position. If you can’t do that, cover it with orthodontic wax or a piece of gauze until you can see us or your orthodontist. Don’t try to cut the wire, as you could end up swallowing it or (worse) breathing it in.
Be careful out there! While dental injuries can come from simply eating something hard, many times they happen from sports or other physical activities. Wearing a mouthguard when needed is important in preventing many dental emergencies.
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