Dental emergency tips
Accidents can happen, including dental accidents, and they shouldn’t be ignored. Knowing what to do when an accident happens, and getting dental care as quickly as possible, can make the difference in saving or losing a tooth. At Schleicher–Read-Parker, you can receive same-day dental care for emergencies, regardless of whether it is an accident or a toothache. Call immediately for an emergency appointment, the first 30 minutes is critical. The following are some tips on how to handle a dental emergency until you get to the office:
Tooth knocked out
– Call your dentist! Locate the tooth and pick it up by the top, not touching the roots. If dirty, rinse it with water, don’t remove any fragments of tissue, and do not scrub it. Insert it in the socket if possible and hold it there. If it can’t be inserted in the socket, put it in some milk and get to the dentist. If milk isn’t available, a saline solution like that for contact lenses will work.
– Call your dentist! Rinse your mouth with warm water. Take ibuprofen, not aspirin, for pain. Use a cold compress for swelling.
Possibly broken jaw – Use a cold compress and get to your dentist or a hospital emergency room immediately.
Object stuck between teeth
– Try to dislodge with floss or an interdental brush, if that fails, call your dentist.
Soft tissue injury (lips, cheeks, gums)
– Rinse with salt water, then apply pressure with soft gauze for 15 to 20 minutes on the site of bleeding. Use a cold compress on the outside for 5 to 10 minutes. If bleeding doesn’t stop, go to your dentist or an emergency room.
Partially dislodged tooth
– try to gently push it back into position with you finger, bite down to hold it in place, and call your dentist.
– Brush your teeth, rinse with warm water, and floss or use an interdental brush. If this doesn’t stop it, call your dentist.
It is recommended that you keep an emergency dental care kit available. It should include Schleicher-Read-Parker Dental’s phone number, saline solution, gauze, ibuprofen, an ice bag, and a small sterile container. With their extensive experience and commitment to excellence, Dr. Hans Schleicher, Dr. Christopher Read and Dr. Brent Parker will handle all of your emergencies and all dental care with compassion and perfection.
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