How To Be Prepared For a Dental Emergency

How To Be Prepared For a Dental Emergency

Monday, December 26th, 2011

As we all know, toothaches and any type of oral injury can be extremely painful and where ever possible be seen by a dentist immediately.

Most dental practices have an after hours service so that dental emergencies can be dealt with immediately, day or night. These emergencies include broken teeth, teeth that have been knocked out, or teeth that have been forced out of the socket. In some emergencies, the cheeks, lips, or gums may also have cuts, abrasions and other types of damage that can make the injury look even worse.

If you have an adult tooth knocked out, the first thing you should do is look for that tooth. When you’ve found the tooth, gently wash it to get rid of any dirt or debris. Once you have cleaned it, put it in your mouth between the cheek and gums to preserve it in the right environment. Whatever you do, leave it to your dentist or a professional to put it back in the socket – they have the right equipment for seeing what the damage is and know if any cleaning is needed in the socket before the tooth can go back in.

If you’ve had a tooth that hasn’t come all the way out and you’re able to reposition it with your fingers back into place, do it gently. Avoid using force so that you protect the tooth from damage. Gently jiggle it around to get it into position. If it doesn’t want to stay in the right place, you can also use moist tissue to hold it, until you can get to see a dentist.

If you’ve broken a tooth, the dentist is likely to give you a prescription for pain relief and tidy up the tooth, rather than treat the damage right there and then. Repairing broken teeth can be a lengthy process and depending on the other damage that may have been caused may not be able to be done right away.

Whenever you encounter a dental emergency, get straight on to a dentist immediately; they will be able to examine you, fix the problem, and stop the pain.

Sadly dental emergencies can happen at any time and often unexpectedly, so consider having your dentist’s emergency phone number programmed into your mobile phone or with you at all times so that you can contact them at a moments notice.

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