Achieving Optimal Outcomes in Dental Emergencies
If you or someone you love is the victim of a dental emergency, it can be important to know what to do to ensure the greatest possible outcomes. Knocked-out teeth, broken dental appliances, or a tongue laceration is cause for immediate concern and may require the expertise of a professional. When dental emergencies strike, you need to know what you can do to maintain control of the situation, including contacting an emergency dentist or, if necessary, taking the victim to the hospital. Use the tips below to ensure that any dental emergencies you face are handled with care in the hope that the victim retains their oral health.
When to See the Dentist
In the case of dental emergencies, it is important to know that you should see your dentist in Mishawaka as soon as possible. Many dentists leave openings in their schedules to accommodate dental emergencies. Time is of the essence in some cases—getting to the dentist can minimize or prevent any potential damage. And in a dental emergency, don’t worry if you have no insurance.
Injured Mouth Tissues
- Emergency dental cases include injury to the mouth, such as tears, puncture wounds, or lacerations to the lips, cheek, and tongue. These injuries may need to be immediately addressed by the hospital emergency room and then followed up with treatment by your dentist. Wounds of the mouth should be rinsed immediately with warm water and a soft cloth or gauze should be used to stop any bleeding. If there is swelling, but no bleeding, use a cold compress to reduce swelling. Seek medical attention immediately.
- If your tooth is knocked out of position, use gentle pressure to adjust it back into place.
- Clench your teeth delicately, with the intention of keeping the tooth in place.
- Contact your dentist and see him or her immediately.
- If your tooth is fractured, immediately rinse your mouth with warm water.
- Apply a cold compress or an ice pack to minimize swelling.
- Use over-the-counter pain medication to reduce discomfort.
- Contact the dentist immediately to seek help for addressing the emergency dental situation. He or she will likely advise you to come into the office to determine the severity of the problem and the next steps to take.
- Call your dentist to schedule an emergency appointment
- Locate the tooth, handling it exclusively by the crown, not the root.
- If necessary, rinse the tooth in warm water to remove dirt. Avoid scrubbing.
- Do not let the tooth dry out. If possible, put it back in the mouth and hold gently in place until you reach the dentist.
- If unable to store the tooth in the mouth of the injured person, transport the tooth in a cup of warm salt water or milk.
- Try to reach the dentist within an hour of loss to have the greatest hope of saving the tooth.
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