How To Handle A Dental Emergency
Dental emergencies can happen at any time. Do you know what to do if you or your child has a dental emergency? Being prepared for this situation can make the difference between saving and losing a tooth. Below are examples of common dental emergencies and a quick summary of what to do in that situation.
If you knock out a tooth:
– Find the tooth if possible. Pick it up by the crown (the portion of the tooth visible above the gum) and gently rinse with water.
– Try placing the tooth back into the socket, but do not force it. If you cannot place the tooth back in, place it in a cup of milk.
– Rinse your mouth with warm water. If bleeding occurs apply a piece of dampened gauze or a moist tea bag.
– Call our office immediately at 509-235-6241.
If you have a broken tooth:
– Try to find the broken pieces to prevent swallowing or inhaling it.
– Rinse your mouth out with warm water.
– Call us right away at 509-235-6241 to rule out a more serious problem.
If you experience a toothache or swelling:
– Rinse your mouth with warm water and floss between the teeth to remove any food debris that may be causing the pain/swelling.
– Call our office as soon as possible at 509-235-6241 to rule out a more serious problem.
If you lose a dental crown:
– Save the crown and clean out the inside.
– If possible coat the inside of the crown with Vaseline and put it back on. DO NOT use household glue or super glue.
– If the crown does not stay on put it in a zip lock bag in a safe place and bring it with you to your appointment.
– Call and make an appointment to have the crown recemented.
If you bite your tongue or lips:
– Gently rinse the area with warm salt water or clean gently with a cloth.
– If bleeding persists apply a moistened gauze or tea bag.
– If you have any concerns or the bleeding does not stop, call our office for an appointment.
How to avoid dental emergencies:
– Never use your teeth to cut things, use scissors.
– Do not chew ice, hard candy, or popcorn kernels
– Wear a mouth guard when playing sports or doing recreational activities.
– Be sure to schedule your routine dental cleaning and exam.