The one thing that all accidents have in common is that they never happen at a convenient time or place. Here are a few tips on what to do in a dental emergency. A little bit of knowledge could make the difference between losing or saving a tooth.
Time Is Of The Essence
Receiving treatment as soon as possible is extremely important. Call a dentist who handles emergencies, such as the dental clinic in Kalamazoo, MI. Provide as much information about the problem as possible during the call. If the dental office is closed, go to the nearest emergency room.
A knocked-out permanent tooth must be kept moist at all times. If possible, try to place the tooth back into the socket, but be careful not to touch the root. If that doesn’t work, place the tooth into a small container of milk or a tooth preservation product, available at pharmacies. Go to the dentist.
If a small child has a knocked-out baby tooth, keep the tooth moist in milk or a preservative and go to the dentist. It’s always important to determine whether the entire tooth came out or if part remains in the gum. The dentist will be able to determine if the tooth should be re-implanted.
Rinse the mouth immediately with warm water. Keep facial swelling down with cold compresses. Go to the dentist.
Clean gently with water and then apply a cold compress. If there is excessive bleeding or there is considerable pain, go to the emergency room. Otherwise, see your dentist.
Rinse mouth with warm water. Floss gently between teeth to remove any food particles that might be stuck between the teeth. Do not put an aspirin directly on your aching tooth or gums as aspirin can burn gum tissue. Contact your dentist if pain persists.
Apply a cold compress to control swelling and go to the emergency room immediately.
Removing an Object Stuck in the Mouth or Teeth
Never try to remove it with a pointed or sharp instrument. Instead, try to remove it gently with floss. Otherwise, visit your dentist to prevent an infection.
Call the Dental Clinic Kalamazoo MI for emergency dental care. Paul Busch DDS and Stephanie M Busch – Abbate DDS PLC have the experience needed for emergency care. If unsure as to whether or not your problem is an emergency, call and discuss your situation.