Dental emergencies are painful and irritating. Thankfully, they are rarely so severe that you have to rush to an Emergency Dentist immediately. In most cases, you experience pain and bleeding that can be controlled by some over-the-counter pain relief medicines. If you are experiencing severe and unbearable dental issues, call your dentist for help. If you are unable to contact your dentist, here is what you should do:
This is one of the most common forms of dental emergencies that people face. If you are experiencing sudden pain in your tooth:
- Rinse your mouth with warm, salty water.
- Use floss to dislodge any food particles that may have got stuck between your teeth.
- Rinse your mouth again and apply an ice pack on the cheeks.
- DO NOT apply any pain relief ointment on your gums or cheeks. We have met many people who tried doing it and ended up burning their gum badly.
The first and immediate thing that you have to do is to cover the sharp, protruding portion of the brace with a cotton ball or with a chewing gum so that it doesn’t hurt. The wires are very sharp and therefore, you should not ignore covering them. Once you are done, call up your emergency dentist for suggestions. He will suggest to you how to take out the wire or the brace. In case you are unable to do that, you may have to rush to your dentist immediately. However, in most cases, broken braces can be removed easily.
Rinse the tooth lightly with plain water ensuring that you don’t disturb the tissues. Try to put it back in its socket. If it doesn’t go inside easily, don’t force it or else you may harm the gum and the tissues. In most cases, he will ask you to visit him as soon as possible. You have to act fast or else the tooth will die. You should also ask him how to take care of the broken tooth while you are on your way. Most doctors suggest you to dip the tooth in a container filled with milk or lightly salted water.
If the crown has fallen off, there is nothing much to worry about. Most people assume this is an emergency but it actually isn’t. If you have dental cement at home, use it to coat the interior of the crown, and try putting it back on the tooth. This is a temporary solution. If you don’t have dental cement, don’t worry. Store the crown in a water-filled container. Fix your appointment with your dentist and he will do the needful. DO NOT try to use glue to attach it. Yes, a few of our patients have tried doing this.