Tips for Handling Common Dental Emergencies

October 3rd, 2013 → 5:58 pm @

Dental emergencies don’t need to mean that a tooth is permanently lost or damaged. Acting quickly and taking the right steps can ensure the preservation of your healthy smile. Remain calm and call your dentist’s office as soon as possible for instructions or to schedule treatment.

Stop Any Bleeding
Injuries that damage the teeth can damage the lips, tongue, and cheeks as well. Place a clean cloth, towel, or sterile gauze pad over any cuts and apply pressure to stop the bleeding. If a tooth has fallen out, place gauze directly above the socket. Stopping any bleeding should be your top priority during a dental emergency. If bleeding does not stop or increases in severity, seek emergency medical care.

Reduce Pain and Swelling
Mouth injuries are often accompanied by pain and swelling. Reduce discomfort using a cold compress or ice pack held against the outside of the mouth. Never place ice directly against the skin; instead, wrap ice or an ice pack in a towel first. If a child is unwilling to hold an ice pack to his cheek, try giving him a popsicle or other frozen treat to hold in his mouth to address pain and ease worry.

Treat Knocked-Out Teeth With Care
If a tooth has been knocked out of the mouth, find and clean it with care. Handle the tooth only by the crown—the portion normally visible in the mouth—and do not touch the roots. Clean a tooth by dipping it in a glass of milk or water. Never scrub a tooth, and don’t remove any tissue that may be attached to the roots. Bring the tooth with you to your dentist’s office in a glass of milk or saltwater solution.

The dental team at Sanford Dental Excellence is available to help you during any emergency. Call our office at (407) 268-6409 if you need instructions on what to do following a mouth or tooth injury. Check us out on the web to find out more about personalized dental care in Sanford and Lake Mary.

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