Dental emergencies can happen even if you are doing the most mundane of activities such as playing sports, eating, exercising, or walking. The reality of it possibly happening is why it is important to understand what you should do if ever you encounter one.
Below is a brief discussion from Bromley Dental Practice on what to do in case of a dental emergency:
You can prevent dental emergencies by following simple precautions. If you are playing sports, wear a mouth guard to avoid breaking a tooth or getting it knocked out. Avoid hard food items like candies or stop it completely, whether you’re wearing dentures or not. For any dental emergencies, it is important to call the dentist immediately for a quick appointment.
Pushed Out Tooth
For loosened teeth, try to reposition it back to its original alignment until it is time for your dentist to fix it. Use a very light finger pressure and do not force it in if it is not possible.
Knocked Out Tooth
To survive the trauma of a knocked out tooth, your dentist should be able to reattach within an hour of displacement. Handle it by the crown to prevent damaging the cells in the root. If possible, do not let the tooth dry out. Soak it in fresh milk or wrap it in a gauze or clean cloth until you see the dentist.
Rinse your mouth with water and use a cold compress or ice pack to decrease swelling if you fracture your tooth. Your dentist may either use a sandpaper disc if it is a minor fracture or do a restorative procedure if you need a major fix.
The most common mouth injuries are puncture wounds, tears, cuts, and lacerations to the lips, cheeks, or tongue. If this happens to you, clean the wound immediately and go to an oral surgeon for emergency procedure.
A basic dental care kit that includes your dentist’s phone number, handkerchief, gauze, saline solution, and Ibuprofen can help you during these situations. Make sure you have this as first-aid for possible dental emergencies.