Emergencies happen. And when a dental emergency strikes, it is often accompanied by pain and the possibility of tooth loss. Some emergencies are more urgent than others. When you are dealing with an urgent dental emergency, you want to be able to find emergency services as soon as possible for these issues:
- Severe toothache
- Painful swelling
- Jaw injury
- Bleeding that cannot be stopped
- A knocked out tooth
These urgent emergencies need to be dealt with immediately. Your dentist should make every attempt to get you in for an immediate emergency appointment. If the emergency happens after hours, most dentists have emergency numbers. If you are unable to contact your dentist, you will want to find an urgent dental care facility or visit your local emergency room. Until then, there are things you can do to immediately save the tooth or mitigate the pain.
A Severe Toothache
When you have a severe toothache, you are dealing with excruciating pain. Rinse with warm water with a teaspoon of salt to help relieve any irritation and to keep down swelling. A mouthwash solution of warm water and hydrogen peroxide can help kill any bacteria.
Painful Swelling, Jaw Injury, or Bleeding
A cold compress will help relieve swelling and can help numb pain. It can also help stop bleeding. If there is pain that is concentrated in one particular area or at one tooth, it may be due to an irritant. Try to use floss to see if food has become lodged and made the area irritated.
Knocked Out Tooth
Hold the tooth by the crown and not the root. Try to put it back into place and hold it firmly or put the tooth in a cold glass of milk until you are able to get to the dentist.
There are other emergencies that are less urgent but still require the attention of a dentist. Call your dentist to see if you can get in as soon as possible for these issues:
- A lost filling or crown
- Broken or damaged tooth
- Broken braces
Purchase over the counter dental cement or use a piece of sugarless gum to cover the cavity until you can get in to see the dentist.
Broken or Damaged Tooth
Save any pieces of the tooth and rinse your mouth with warm water. Apply gauze to any areas that may be bleeding. Use a cold compress for any swelling.
Use orthodontic wax, gauze, or even a simple pencil eraser to cover exposed sharp wires until you can get in for a repair.
Dental emergencies can be stressful but keeping calm and taking simple precautions can make a difference. At Alta Dental, we always try to assist you when you are having a dental emergency by getting you in for an emergency visit as soon as possible. Call our offices when you require immediate emergency attention in Pembroke Pines, Cooper City, Hollywood, Davie, Fort Lauderdale, Sunrise, Weston, Southwest Ranches, Plantation, or Miramar..