No emergency occurs at an opportune or scheduled time, which is why knowing how to handle a dental emergency prior to one actually occurring is the most important step in promoting the best outcomes. Most dental emergencies are stressful, painful, and scary no matter how old you are. Below is information that you need to help you understand what a dental emergency truly is and what to do should one arise.
The first thing that you must know is what constitutes a dental emergency. These criteria will help you:
- cracked or broken tooth
- damaged dental bridge or crown
- dental bleeding
- extreme tooth sensitivity
- infection or abscess in the mouth
- injured jaw
- knocked out tooth
- lost filling
- swelling in the mouth
- tooth pain
While a knocked out tooth is the most obvious dental emergency on this list, it is often the others which are overlooked and get people into a great amount of trouble. What most people do not understand is that dental issues do not heal on their own. The mouth is unlike the rest of the body in that it does not produce the necessary means to heal itself simply because it is the home of millions of bacteria on a daily basis. Ignoring a lost filling, a sensitive tooth, or an infection for longer than a week can cause the damage to set in and begin irreparable damage as well as compromise the health of neighboring teeth. Issues within the mouth need to be addressed and treated as soon as possible in order to restore the health of the mouth.
If a knocked out tooth should occur, it is essential that specific steps be taken for the best chances of saving your tooth. These are the steps you must take right away:
- Find the tooth quickly.
- Rinse the tooth and try to gently place it back into its socket.
- If unsuccessful at replacing the tooth, keep it moist in your own saliva or a small amount of milk.
- Get to your dentist immediately.
At Huebner Smiles, we are here to provide the best dental care for all of our patients’ needs. If a dental emergency occurs, please contact us right away.