How to Handle a Dental Emergency
A toothache. A knocked out or broken tooth. A lost crown or filling. You can't always stop dental injuries from occurring, but you can help ease the pain and prevent additional dental damage until you can get to a dentist. At Distinctive Smiles, we realize accidents can happen, and when patients are prepared to handle dental emergencies, it can mean the difference between saving and losing a tooth.
Easy Ways to Avoid Dental Injuries
- Avoid chewing ice or hard candy which can crack teeth
- Avoid ripping objects with teeth, such as sealed packages and tape
- Avoid the risk of injury to teeth, gums, lips and tongue by wearing a mouthguard when participating in sports and high-impact activities
- Visit Distinctive Smiles for regular check ups and cleanings
Whether you're at home, in the car or at work, when a dental emergency strikes, you'll want to be prepared. Until you can get into our Loveland and Terrace Park dental offices, following these basic steps can help relieve the pain, save your tooth and prevent additional damage. Before acting on any dental emergency, you should always contact Distinctive Smiles first to ensure safe and appropriate care.
Temporary Treatment for Common Dental Emergencies
- Toothache: Rinse mouth with warm water to clean the affected tooth, and gently floss to remove food or debris that may be trapped between the teeth. If pain persists, visit a dentist for a thorough evaluation as it may indicate a cavity or infection.
- Broken tooth: Rinse mouth with warm water; locate the lost filling or tooth pieces; and control swelling or bleeding with an ice pack and gauze. See your dentist as soon as possible.
- Knocked out tooth: Gently place the tooth back into the socket if possible. If not, tuck it between your cheek and gum or place it in a small container of milk. Getting to your dentist within one hour of the accident with the tooth is your best bet for successfully reattaching the tooth to the supporting tissues.
- Objects caught between teeth: Rinse your mouth with warm water. If that doesn't work, gently try to remove the object with floss. Avoid using sharp instruments that could injure or cut the gums. If the object can't be dislodged, visit Distinctive Smiles for professional assistance.
Temporary dental care is just that- temporary. It's important to seek professional dental assistance as soon as possible following an injury to your teeth or gums.
Fortunately, an unforeseen dental emergency can usually be prevented with early detection and preventative care. Practice good oral hygiene-brushing and flossing daily-and visit our Loveland and Terrace Park offices for regular check ups and cleanings. As a general rule, if your teeth or mouth hurt, visit Distinctive Smiles for a careful evaluation and proper treatment.