Dental emergencies can be very serious and should not be ignored. Ignorance of dental problems increases the chance of further damage resulting in more expensive and extensive treatment. Take a look at the following dental emergencies and see what you can do now before going to the dentist:
- Rinse your mouth with warm water thoroughly.
- If needed, use the dental floss and remove any food lodged in there.
- If you feel that your mouth is a little swollen, apply cold compress to the outside of your cheek or mouth.
- Never put any painkiller, especially aspirin, against your gums near aching tooth as it may burn your gum tissue.
Extruded Tooth (Partially Dislodged Tooth)
- This is a serious condition and you need to get to your dentist’s clinic right away. In the meantime, apply a cold compress to outside of your cheek or mouth in the affected area.
- If needed, take an effective pain-killer like Advil or Tylenol.
- Make a quick appointment with your dentist if your crown falls off. Do not forget to take your crown with you.
- Use cotton swab for applying clove oil to sensitive area if you are unable to reach your dentist and your tooth is causing a lot of pain.
- Slip that crown back over your tooth if possible. If you do so, make sure you are not using glue. Coat inner surface with the dental cement, denture adhesive or a toothpaste.
Broken Or Chipped Teeth
- Save the pieces of the chipped teeth, if any.
- Rinse the broken pieces and your mouth using warm water.
- If there is bleeding, apply a gauze piece to the affected area until bleeding stops or for around 10 minutes.
- For relieving the pain or keep the swelling down, apply cold compress to outside of your lip near the chipped/broken teeth, cheek or mouth.
Objects Caught Between The Teeth
- Use the dental floss to carefully and very gently remove the object.
- Do not, in any case, use any sharp object or a pin to poke at that stuck object. Such instruments can scratch the tooth surface or cut your gums.
- See your dentist immediately if you fail to remove the object from your teeth.
- If you lose a filling, you can use a dental cement that is easily available over-the-counter until you’re able to see the dentist.
Broken Wires And Braces
- If a wire sticks or breaks out of a band or bracket and pokes your gum, tongue or cheek, try using a pencil eraser end for pushing the wire to a comfortable position.
- Cover this end with an orthodontic wax, piece of gauze or small cotton ball if you are unable to reposition the wire.
- Never cut the wire otherwise you may end up breathing or swallowing it into the lungs.
Loose Bands And Brackets
- Re-attach the loose braces temporarily with small piece of the orthodontic wax.
- You can alternatively place wax over brace for providing a cushion.
- If your band is loose, save it and immediately call your dentist to fix an appointment and have it replaced or re-cemented.