Getting an immediate appointment with the dentist may not be available to you when you need it. Therefore, it is essential that you can prepare yourself to act upon a dental emergency. Any dental emergency can become serious to your oral health and ignoring the problem can significantly increase the risk of further damage. This leads to more expensive treatment after.
Are you experiencing a dental emergency? Or have you experienced a dental emergency in the past and want to be prepared to act the next time it happens? Here are some helpful tips on what you should do for the common dental emergencies.
- If You’ve Knocked Out A Tooth – Losing a tooth requires immediate attention. If there is a missing gap in your mouth, your jawbone can weaken, and you could be in danger of forming bacteria. You may require a dental implant to fill the space. If the tooth is chipped or cracked and is fitted back into your gums with an implant, you may need a root canal.
- What Should You Do – Pick up the tooth by the crown and attempt to place your teeth back into its socket so that you can visualize how the tooth needs to be placed before an implant or root canal is performed. Before the appointment, make sure you keep it in the right place. Try not to eat foods or drink liquids that touch the tooth, so it doesn’t get further damage.
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- If Your Tooth Is Cracked or Broken – A small crack in your tooth typically requires a filling, or a crown if it is a large crack. If the tooth is cracked severely and cannot be saved, then you will require an extraction followed by an implant.
- What You Should Do – If you’re in pain, apply a cold compress to the area where the tooth is cracked or broken. You may continue to experience some sensitivity for a short while, but this should go away. When you visit the dentist, they will be in the best position to examine your tooth and then determine the best course of treatment.
- If You’re Suffering from Toothache – Your tooth could be decayed, or you could be experiencing gum disease. A toothache may also come from excessive teeth grinding while you sleep.
- What You Should Do – Your mouth will swell up and you must reduce it. Rinse your mouth with lukewarm water and salt to remove any debris and apply a cold compress to the painful area against your cheek. Never use painkillers as this could affect your gum health.
- If You Have Gum Abscess – Gum Abscess can be found if you have a colorful pimple on your gum. This means you could be suffering from an infection. You may be prescribed antibiotics at your appointment. You may need root canal treatment if your tooth infected as well.
- What You Should Do – Continue to brush and floss the area as you usually would as part of your daily oral routine. The pimple must not be popped and must be looked at by the dentist.
- If You Have Lost A Filling or a Crown – After a dental procedure, you may have had an accident or the treatment applied hasn’t worked. This means more tooth pain.
- What You Should Do – If the tooth is causing pain, you can apply clove oil to the sensitive area with a cotton swab. Before you do that, try to slip the crown back to its original place and use adhesive or special toothpaste to increase the strength of the crown to hold it in place.
Dental emergencies are never fun, and the pain could be so severe that it stops you from completing your daily activities. It is essential that you are prepared to act yourself if you experience any of the dental emergencies above. It is recommended that you contact your dentist straight away if you experience any pain, but these remedies are designed to help you in case that appointment is not available urgently.
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