How to Stay Prepared for a Dental Emergency
Dental emergencies can occur at any time, whether at home, at work, or do a hobby or a sport. It is important to be prepared for these issues, especially if you live an active lifestyle.
Dr. Joseph LoPinto offers dental emergency services and is available whenever an urgent dental problem arises. Seeing the dentist as soon as the trauma has occurred can make a huge difference in saving your natural tooth and keeping your smile healthy. Here are a few common dental emergencies and how to treat them as you wait to see your dentist.
Whether during a sport or social event, knocked out teeth can happen at any time. How the tooth was knocked out and the state the tooth is in will determine whether it can be saved.
If the tooth was knocked out and it is whole in structure, it might be possible to restore it to the socket. Be sure to rinse off any debris before placing it back.
If it is broken in any way, do not place it in the socket. Instead, soak it in an ADA-approved solution to keep it healthy. If there is any pain, take over-the-counter pain medication and apply a cold compress to the swollen area.
When playing a sport, always wear a mouth guard to protect your smile.
Cracked teeth can happen from chewing on hard items or using your teeth to open something. Damaging the structure of tooth can allow bacteria to seep into the dental chamber, accessing dental pulp and causing infection.
If you have a cracked tooth, first determine if any blood is seeping out of the site. This means the crack has reached the pulp. Rinse your mouth with warm water to remove debris. You can seal the crack temporarily with dental cement, which can be bought at any pharmacy.
If your crack of a chip has caused pieces of the tooth to fall out, keep these pieces in an ADA-approved dental solution, milk, or saliva to keep it hydrated until you see the dentist.
Toothache and Pain
Experiencing persistent pain that increases over time may be a sign of infection, likely due to an untreated cavity or a cracked tooth. If there is swelling, apply a warm compress to the area after rinsing the mouth with warm water and flossing to remove debris.
Dr. LoPinto advises patients to seek immediate help when they experience any of these dental emergencies. If you are in need of emergency dental treatment, contact us today.