Things To Remember During A Dental Emergency
If you find yourself in the midst of a dental emergency, it is very important to know how to act and not to panic. Chances are, at some time in your life you will find yourself facing a dental emergency. No matter the case, it is helpful to remember that modern dentistry has made tremendous advances in reconstructive dentistry so no matter the problem, your dentist will be able to provide a solution.
Types of Dental Emergencies
There are many different situations that could be classified as dental emergencies. Here are a few of the most common problems:
*Chipped or broken teeth. It is important to save any pieces that you can find. As soon as you can, rinse out your mouth using warm water. If your mouth is bleeding, apply a piece of gauze to the bleeding area until it stops. To reduce swelling, apply a cold compress to the outside of the mouth close to the area. See your dentist as soon as possible to repair the damaged tooth.
*Knocked out tooth. Immediately retrieve the tooth, holding it by the crown and gently rinse the root if it is dirty. Put the tooth into a small container of milk or lightly salted water. Bring it to the dentist as soon as you can. Teeth that are reattached within one hour of being knocked out have the best chance of being successful.
*Loose brace. If one of your brackets gets knocked loose, you can temporarily reattach it to your tooth using a small amount of orthodontic wax. See your orthodontist as soon as possible to get the bracket re-cemented to your tooth.
*Toothache. If you experience a toothache, you should begin by washing out your mouth with warm water and flossing between your teeth to make sure to get rid of any excess food that is in between your teeth. Be sure not to place any painkillers on the gums next to the affected tooth, as this could burn the gum tissue. See your dentist as soon as you can if the toothache continues.
*Soft tissue injuries. If you get struck in the face, many times you can do damage to your gums, lips or cheeks. When this happens, you should begin by washing your mouth out with a salt-water solution to clean the area. Apply pressure to the bleeding area with gauze and use a cold compress to limit the swelling. If you are unable to control the bleeding, you need to immediately go to the emergency room to seek treatment.
If your tooth gets knocked out and you and your dentist are unable to reattach it, you don't need to worry. Your dentist is trained to handle such issues and will be able to restore your smile using modern dental technology. To learn more about what to do in a dental emergency, contact your Nashua dentist.
by: Gen Wright