What to do in a Dental Emergency

August 8th, 2015

Emergency Dentist

In a previous article we delved into answering the question: what is a dental emergency? A few of the basics have been covered but in today’s post we want to discuss the recommended steps to follow during one of these emergencies. First it should be made clear that you should always contact your local emergency dentist in Gilbert, Lifetime Family Dental, immediately when facing a dental emergency. The following steps are what to do after you’ve scheduled your emergency visit.

Your Tooth Got Knocked Out

followed your chances are relatively high that the tooth can be preserved and put back in place by an emergency dentist. Here are the step-by-step actions that should be taken.

  1. Find and pick up the tooth by the crown (top). Do not pick the tooth up by the root to avoid contamination.
  2. Place a washcloth in the drain to assure it is not lost, then gently rinse the tooth but do not scrub or remove tissue.
  3. If you are able, attempt to insert the tooth back into it’s socket, hold gentle while trying to bite down.
  4. If unable to put the tooth back in place, put it in a small container or cup of milk.
  5. If you haven’t called an emergency dentist yet, do so immediately at this point. The longer you wait, the less chance there is that the tooth will “take”.

Fractured or Chipped Teeth

While a chipped tooth that does not hurt generally does not equate to a dental emergency, you will still want to see an emergency dentist within a few days. Though in that time be careful when chewing to avoid chipping the tooth further. Often dentists will be able to smooth out of fill out the chipped tooth with composite filling.

A fracture or crack is a much more serious issue. The fracture is generally an indicator that there has been damage to the inside of the tooth, not only the outside. Often serious cases of fractured teeth are beyond the point of repair. If you are suffering from a severe fracture follow the steps below.

  1. Rinse your mouth out thoroughly with warm water.
  2. If the cracked or fractured tooth was cause by trauma to the face, use a cold compress on the inflicted area to reduce swelling.
  3. Avoid aspirin, but use acetaminophen to minimize pain.
  4. Do NOT apply painkillers or Orajel directly to the gum, this can do more harm by burning the gum tissue.

Next week we will discuss what to do in additional emergency dental situations. Contact Lifetime Family Dental as soon as possible after suffering from dental trauma or any other tooth related injury.

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