We should all know the importance of looking after your teeth, but would you know how to react to a dental emergency? Much like any other medical emergency, anything urgent about our teeth needs to be dealt with as quickly and efficiently as possible. This ensures the highest chances of recovery and will help to lower the severity of the problem.
So if you ever encounter a medical emergency, here are some of the most important steps to take.
What counts as a dental emergency?
First, let’s understand the types of issues that emergency dentistry can deal with and how you should react.
- An injury to your mouth can be painful and frustrating to cope with. Depending on the severity of the problem, you may need quick medical relief from either a hospital or an emergency dentist. If you’re suffering from bleeding or a distorted jawline, then it’s paramount that you seek medical attention immediately.
- Losing a permanent tooth can be a slow and painful process, but there’s still a chance that you’ll be able to reimplant it if you’re quick. This is usually the case when you lose your tooth because of an injury. Make sure you contact an emergency dentist as quickly as possible. Make sure you hold the tooth by the crown and keep it in a cup of milk if you can’t place it back in the socket.
- Chipped teeth usually occur as a result of a physical injury, such as falling over and hitting your mouth on something hard. It can also occur as a result of biting into a hard object. Regardless of how big or small the chipped tooth is, it’s important to react quickly to reduce any potential complications. Clean the blood and rinse your mouth with warm water. Apply an ice pack if there’s swelling and use pain medication to relieve the swelling. Make sure you protect the exposed part of your tooth as well and keep the fragments around in case they can be reattached.
- A really painful toothache that never goes away is usually a bad sign. It could indicate an abscess or infection, but it might also be caused by an injury. We suggest rinsing your mouth with warm salt water first then putting a cold pack on your cheek to keep it cool. If the toothaches for a long period of time (like several hours) then it’s important to get in touch with an emergency dentist.
We hope that you personally never have to go through a dental emergency. If you focus on taking care of your teeth and avoiding any kind of situation that could put your teeth in danger, then you’ll have a much easier time reacting to a dental problem. In fact, if you take good care of your teeth, there’s a good chance you’ll never have to go through an emergency dental appointment unless you’re in a physical accident.
So in short; take great care of your teeth and ensure that you take the right steps to both protect your teeth and react to emergencies.