What to do when you are in a dental emergency
Dental emergencies are injuries which may occur to the oral part of the body such as the teeth, lips, gum or even the cheek. Most times dental emergencies always have a malignant effect on the dental formation especially in cases of an avulsed tooth, where teeth are knocked out of its position or a fractured or cut in the gum.
The best way to handle a dental emergency is to visit a dentist in the closest thirty minutes to the incidence, as an immediate dental attention can make the difference between the losing a tooth or saving it.
However, during dental emergencies, there are safety measures which can be taken to ease the effect before getting to a dentist and this varies on the type of emergency incidence and this article will inform you extensively on how to handle some common cases.
So, what do you do to handle a dental emergency, when you have the following?
A knocked out tooth
During an incident where the tooth is knocked out, there is an 80% chance that the tooth can be reinserted if accurate measures are taken carefully and spontaneously.
Firstly, you have to arrange an emergency appointment with your dentist and try to get there as fast as possible. You are saving a tooth, a life to your bright smile so, do it quickly.
Also, when the tooth falls off, it is advisable to handle the tooth by the crown and avoid touching the root of the tooth as it can damage the cells necessary for bone reattachment. You also have to keep it moist at all times and if you can, you can try placing the tooth back in the socket without touching the root. If you cannot do it, place the tooth in between your cheek and gums, or in milk or you can use a tooth preservative to keep it moist and okay before getting to your dentist.
A fractured tooth
When your tooth is fractured it tends to ache but once you follow these instructions, it’s going to be benign.
- Rinse your mouth properly with fairly warm water
- You can also use an ice pack on the affected spot to prevent it from swelling
- Use an analgesic like ibuprofen to reduce the pain
- One thing in mind, get to your dentist as quickly as possible so as to let the dentist determine the treatment because only a dentist knows how bad the injury might be.
The categories of fractures are basically minor fractures which can be left alone to heal or can be restored with a composite restorer and a moderate fracture which is a damage to the nerve and other tissues in the tooth and can be treated if the pulp is not permanently damaged.
For a toothache, you have to rinse your mouth with warm water to clean it out properly, and also floss to remove any food debris caught between your teeth. You also have to make sure you avoid the use of aspirin on the aching tooth or gum. Just go and visit your dentist immediately.
A tooth pushed out of its place
When your tooth is slightly pushed or bent away from its position try your best to reposition the tooth back to its place exerting a very light finger pressure, trying not to force the tooth so as to avoid total removal or a damage to the dental tissue. Also, keep your teeth locked by biting it down to keep the teeth from moving before seeing your dentist.
More so, emergencies are unplanned occurrences and the best way is to be precautionary about them by following simple dental precautionary instructions like the use of mouth guard during sport or recreational activity.
Finally, during a dental emergency, your dentist is the best person to go to.