Even if you keep up with your oral hygiene and visit our office at least twice a year for your routine checkups, accidents can happen. Knowing what to do in an emergency can mean the difference between saving and losing a tooth. Because of this, Dr. Steven A. Beuligmann is happy to give tips for common dental emergencies. With any dental emergency, it is imperative that you visit our dentist as soon as possible.
If you have a toothache, rinse your mouth out with warm water and use dental floss to remove any food that is caught between your teeth. Use a cold compress to control any swelling. Do not put aspirin or other painkillers against the gums, as this may burn the gum tissue.
Bit Tongue or Lip
In the case of a bit tongue or lip, gently clean the area with water. Then apply pressure to the bleeding site with moistened gauze or a tea bag for 15 to 20 minutes. To control any swelling and pain, hold a cold compress to the area for 5 to 10 minutes. If the bleeding doesn’t stop, come to our office right away or go to the emergency room. Continue to use pressure on the bleeding site until you can be treated.
Chipped or Broken Tooth
If you chip, crack, or break a tooth, save any pieces. Rinse your mouth with warm water. Rinse the tooth pieces as well. Apply a piece of gauze to the area for 10 minutes to stop any bleeding. If there is any swelling, apply a cold compress to control it and to relieve pain.
If a tooth is knocked out, hold it by the crown and rinse off the tooth if it is dirty. Do not scrub it or remove any attached tissues. Put the tooth back into the socket if possible. Do not force the tooth. If it will not reinsert, put it in a small container of milk to keep it moist. You can also place the tooth in between your cheek and gums or use a tooth preservation product. Come to our office right away, as knocked-out teeth have the highest chances of being saved if they are returned to their socket by the dentist within one hour.
For more information about what to do in a dental emergency in Carlsbad, California, and to schedule your next appointment, contact our office today.