Every medical emergency requires immediate attention and often results in severe panic by the patient. Dental emergencies, on the other hand, are comparatively less aggressive and while you might still need professional help, you need to understand the importance of keeping calm.
What do you do in case of a dental emergency? Of course, your first instinct would be to rush to the nearest dentist; however, that’s where many people go wrong. Rushing to the nearest dentist is important but you need to first be in control of the situation before moving on to contacting your dentist.
If your oral health is constantly causing problems then you need to be well prepared to face emergencies but how do you deal with them? It’s quite easy, simply follow these tips and you wouldn’t have any problems with your oral health:
Pick up the pieces of the tooth and rinse it up really well. You will feel sensitivity towards both cold and heat and that’s normal so try not to panic. If you feel the sensitivity, it means a major portion of your tooth has chipped off and it’s exposing the dentin. Make sure you use lukewarm water to rinse your mouth and if you’re bleeding, then apply a gauze until the bleeding stops. Pressing a cold compress to your mouth or cheek will help to relieve the pain and help the swelling to decrease.
If you have a tooth that’s been knocked out of the socket then first retrieve it and rinse the root with water. Make sure you:
The next step is usually recommended to be done by a professionally but in the case of an emergency, try to place the tooth back into the socket very carefully. If not, simply place the tooth in a container of water mixed with a pinch of table salt.
If you’re facing severe toothache, then make sure you first use lukewarm water to rinse your mouth and proceed to check and remove any lodged items in your tooth using a floss. Make sure you avoid using sharp items since this could pierce the gums and scratch your tooth. Once you’re done, apply the cold compress on the cheek so as to avoid swelling.
Note: Avoid applying aspirin or any other painkiller on the area of the pain since this can significantly burn the gums.
If you face these emergencies, then it’s always best to hurry to your dentist to avoid any severe injury on your oral health. However, it’s always important to keep a note of these tips and make sure you carry them out first hand before your problem gets worse.