Even though we try to fit in any patients who have a dental emergency occur, sometimes patients have to wait until the next day before getting it treated by a dentist. Here are a few of the most common dental emergencies, and first aid treatments to get you by until a dentist can make the right treatment plan!
- Clean the area around the sore tooth gently and thoroughly.
- Rinse your mouth with warm salt water.
- Use dental floss to dislodge any food or debris.
- If your face is swollen, apply a cold compress.
BITTEN LIP OR TONGUE
- Apply ice to bruised areas.
- Apply a cold compress to any swollen areas.
- If there is bleeding, apply direct pressure to the bleeding area with a clean gauze or cloth.
While most bitten lip or tongue accidents don’t require a trip to the doctor or dentist, if bleeding does not stop within 15 minutes, head to a hospital emergency room.
CHIPPED OR BROKEN TOOTH
- Gently clean dirt from the injured area with warm water.
- Protect the tooth from further exposure to air or cold liquid with clean gauze.
- Locate and save any broken pieces. Put them in milk, and bring them with you when you see the dentist.
- Place a cold compress over the area of the face where the injured tooth is to decrease swelling.
KNOCKED OUT TOOTH
- Find the tooth (and clean it if it’s dirty by running it under cold water for about 10 seconds).
- Handle the tooth by the top (the crown), not the bottom (the root).
- Do not scrub it or remove any attached tissue fragments.
- Put the tooth in a cup of milk.
- Try to reinsert it in its socket, and bite on a soft cloth to hold it in position.
- Go to the dentist or a hospital immediately (time is a critical factor in saving the tooth).
For kids, make sure the tooth that was knocked out is a permanent tooth.
POSSIBLE BROKEN JAW
- Stabilize the jaw in place by tying a handkerchief, necktie, or towel around the jaw and over the top of he head.
- If swelling occurs, apply cold compresses.
- Immediately go to the ER.
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