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Immediate action when a dental emergency occurs can prevent permanent damage and help ease pain. A common dental problem is a toothache. Cavities do not cause pain until they have progressed to the point of possibly jeopardizing the tooth. Toothaches require immediate attention for this reason. Taking an over-the-counter pain reliever such as Tylenol™ or aspirin may relieve some of the sensitivity. Avoid extreme temperature and sweets as this may aggravate the symptoms. Call our office immediately - even if the pain goes away, the sooner the problem is treated, the smaller the chance of permanent damage to the tooth or the mouth. Here are some practical tips for handling dental emergencies.
Accidents do happen, and knowing what to do when one occurs can mean the difference between saving and losing a tooth.
Bitten Lip or Tongue
Clean the area gently with a cloth and apply cold compresses to reduce any swelling. If the bleeding doesn't stop, go to a hospital or emergency room immediately.
Rinse your mouth with warm water to clean the area. Use cold compresses on the area to keep any swelling down. Call our office immediately.
Apply cold compresses to control swelling. Call our office or a hospital emergency department immediately.
Knocked Out Tooth
If a tooth is knocked out, pick it up by the crown, not the root so as not to damage any nerve endings. Place the tooth back into its socket or hold it between the cheek and gums. If there is a risk of swallowing the tooth, place it in a glass of milk, salt water or a moist towel. Time is very important in a case such as this - if you see us within 30 minutes, there is a good chance the tooth may be successfully re-implanted. No matter what the emergency, our office is the best contact to call in case there is a problem or question.
This is a common problem. There may be sensitivity to temperature changes or discomfort while eating. A consistent discomfort may mean the tooth has cracked down to the nerve.
Avoid chewing hard foods on that tooth and avoid foods of extreme temperatures. Call our office immediately.
Rinse your mouth with warm water to clean it out. Gently use dental floss or an interdental cleaner to ensure that there is no food or other debris caught between the teeth. Never put aspirin or any other painkiller against the gums near the aching tooth because it may burn the gum tissue. Please contact us immediately.
Infection Swollen Face
An abscess or swelling is caused by an infection in the tooth or gum. An abscess can have a serious affect on your general health as well as the health of the adjoining teeth or tissues and will not go away by itself. An over-the-counter pain reliever Tylenol™ or Aspirin may temporarily relieve some of the pain so please call us as soon as possible. Do not place aspirin directly on the gums or in the mouth to dissolve. Aspirin will burn the tissues of the mouth.
Gingivitis (pronounced "jin-ja-VI-tus"), is the inflammation, swelling, and bleeding of gum tissues. Have you ever wondered when your gums bleed when you brush your teeth? It is a first sign of gingivitis. With a pinch of salt soaked in a glass of lukewarm water, you now create a homemade saline solution.
Use this to rinse in the morning and in the evening. This will help increase circulation in your gums and reduce the swelling.
No matter how well and how often you brush your teeth, you can't reach the areas between your teeth and below the gums. Gum disease will not go away by itself or with improved home care. The only way of removing plaque deep under the gums is with professional cleanings.
Other Important Factors Affecting the Health of Your Gums
- Clenching and grinding teeth
- Poor Nutrition
- Surgical Services