Emergencies, by their very nature, are unexpected. After all, if you could anticipate every great tragedy in your life, an emergency would never happen. But while you can’t always be aware of an accident before it happens, you can and should be prepared to deal with a variety of emergencies in your life—in particular, what to do in the event of a dental emergency. The following tips will help minimize discomfort and permanent damage while you wait for your Bloomingdale dental office to open in the morning.
Knocked-Out Adult Tooth
For a knocked-out permanent tooth, it’s important that you keep the tooth moist at all times. Try placing the tooth back in the socket without touching the root. If that’s not possible, place the tooth in a glass of milk or use a tooth preservation product that has the ADA Seal of Acceptance. You can also hold the tooth between your cheek and gums to keep it moist and protected until your dentist can see you.
If you crack a tooth, rinse your mouth immediately with warm water to clean the area. Apply a cold compress on the face to keep any swelling down and take aspirin for pain management. Do not eat or drink anything but water until you can be seen by your dentist in the morning. Depending on the extent of the crack and the condition of the surrounding teeth, your dentist may recommend a dental bridge or a permanent dental implant.
For severe toothaches, rinse the mouth with warm water to clean it out and gently use dental floss to remove any food caught between the teeth. If the toothache persists, alternate cold and hot compresses on the face where the toothache is originating and make an emergency appointment with a dental office in Bloomingdale.