Dental emergencies can never be completely prevented, which is why it’s vital that you know your next steps if one does occur. That’s why Dr. Nancy Cabansag has included simple yet effective ways to handle some of the most common dental emergencies. Keep reading to learn how you can get back to smiling as soon as possible if you’re affected by a dental emergency.
A piece of food debris stuck in between teeth can be incredibly painful and irritating. If this occurs, try to remove it by flossing around the area. You can also rinse your mouth with warm water to try to dislodge the food. However, if you can’t remove it, try tying a knot in your floss so It can act as a little hook to try to pull out the debris. If you’re still unable to clean out your mouth, call our office! Do not try to use sharp objects like pins to relieve your discomfort because you could cause yourself harm.
A tooth that is dislodged or extruding is not completely knocked out, but it has been uprooted from its firm and stable position in its socket. If this occurs, contact our office immediately because you will need treatment right away. The sooner you can see Dr. Cabansag, the better your chances are of having your tooth successfully reattached. Until you can visit our office for treatment, take over the counter pain medication to make yourself more comfortable. You can also try to gently push the tooth back in its socket, but you must be very careful so you don’t damage it.
An abscess is a pimple-like bump that forms as a result of advanced infection. It usually occurs in the tooth’s root or in the space between your teeth. If this problem is left untreated, it can lead to permanent gum tissue damage and even tooth loss. If you notice signs like a toothache, swelling in the face or cheek, fever, and other common symptoms, contact our office for treatment as soon as possible. In the meantime, try rinsing your mouth with saltwater solution to get some relief.
If you experience bleeding in your tongue, cheeks, lips, gums, or other soft tissue, hold a piece of gauze over the area to promote clotting. You can also rinse your mouth with saltwater to relive pain and help with the healing process. If there is pain or soreness, use a cold compress. After taking these steps, seek medical attention if you still have bleeding or discomfort in your mouth.