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Don’t Panic When a Dental Emergency Strikes – Do This Instead

December 26, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — drbuck @ 12:26 pm
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The most common trait about a dental emergency is that it will happen when you least expect it. Therefore, it’s best to be prepared so you can effectively respond. So you can experience the fastest and least painful recovery possible, your emergency dentist in Clintonville provides some helpful tips for dealing with some of the more common forms of dental trauma.

Knocked Out or Dislodged Tooth

A sudden blow to the face or a bad fall can lead to a tooth dislodging. If this happens to you, there is a small window (around one hour) to have the tooth successfully reattached by your emergency dentist.

But first, you should carefully rinse the tooth under cool water, being sure not to remove any tissue that is attached. Then, attempt to reinsert it. If that’s not possible, you should place the tooth in a cup of water or milk, with a pinch of salt added to keep the roots alive until you can be examined.

Persistent Toothache

Usually, a toothache is the result of acute oral bacteria growth that has entered the sensitive inner parts of the tooth where the canals and nerves are housed. The first step you should take is to carefully floss around the pain site to attempt to remove any food debris that may have become trapped.

You can also take an over-the-counter (OTC) pain reliever like ibuprofen to lessen the discomfort. To reduce any swelling, apply ice to the outside of your jaw.

Tooth Abscess

A tooth abscess is a pocket of pus that has developed as a result of a bad oral infection. Some of the common symptoms are severe pain, fever, facial swelling and difficulty swallowing. This is not a matter that should be taken lightly, as the infection could lead to serious health problems if allowed to continue spreading to other parts of your body. Thus, it’s vital that you seek immediate care from your emergency dentist.

Meanwhile, you can apply ice to your face to reduce any swelling and take ibuprofen to decrease the pain.

Object Lodged Between the Teeth

If a food item or some other object becomes lodged between your teeth, you can carefully floss around the area to attempt to remove it. It’s also a good idea to gargle with salt-water to decrease the number of bacteria present in your mouth and to limit the chances of infection. 

Broken Tooth

When a tooth is broken, you can usually expect there to be some discomfort and swelling. To get some pain relief and reduce the swelling, you can take an OTC medication. It also helps to apply ice to your face in 10-minute increments.

Additionally, you should collect any broken pieces and bring them with you when you visit your emergency dentist.

Broken Filling or Crown

If a filling or crown becomes broken or dislodged, it can leave your tooth exposed to oral bacteria. As a temporary solution, you can apply dental wax to the fixture and attempt to reinsert it. It’s also important to avoid chewing on that side of your mouth until you can be examined and treated.

With these strategies in mind, you now have a way to deal with the more common forms of dental trauma. By taking the correct actions and getting the help you need from your emergency dentist, you can fully recover and return to your everyday life.

About the Author

A graduate of The Ohio State University College of Dentistry, Dr. Eric Buck has the knowledge and experience to treat any type of dental emergency you may encounter. He provides comprehensive care at Creative Smiles, and he can be reached for more information through his website.

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