Not-So-Pearly Whites? Dental Emergencies And How To Handle Them


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Any kind of dental emergency, like a sudden injury to the teeth or gums, certainly shouldn’t be ignored. Even if it seems like a fairly minor, everyday issue, leaving a dental problem alone can increase the risk of permanent damage, and the need for more troublesome and expensive treatments further down the road. Here are a few common dental emergencies, and the best way to handle them.

Chipped or Broken Teeth

If you chip or break one of your teeth, then retrieve or save any pieces where possible. Next, rinse your whole mouth out thoroughly with warm water, and run it over the broken pieces (don’t drop them down the plughole!). If there’s bleeding, then apply some kind of dressing to the area, ideally first aid gauze. Holding it there for ten minutes or until the bleeding stops is important to minimize the risk of infection. Next, you can keep swelling down and relieve some of the pain by applying a cold press to the outside of your cheek, lip, or wherever the chipped tooth is. With the pieces, go to a 24-hour dentist such as this one: as soon as possible.

Dislodged Tooth

Sometimes, we’re not so lucky, and instead of simply chipping a tooth the whole thing gets knocked out. Again, you should retrieve the tooth if at all possible, and hold it by the crown. That’s the part of the tooth that’s usually visible and exposed, as opposed to the root that’s lodged in the gum. If it’s got any dirt on it, rinse it with warm water. Don’t scrub it, or try to remove any clinging fragments of tissue. If possible, you should try to slot the tooth back into place. Be careful here though. You need to make sure that it’s facing the right way, and that you never try to force it into the socket. If what you’re doing feels wrong, then it probably is, and you should leave it be! If you can’t slot it into place, then store the tooth in a small container of milk, or water with a pinch of salt if that’s not available. The nutrients in these will save the tooth from any further damage. No matter the case, you need to get to your dentist as soon as possible.

Tooth Ache

Toothaches can strike at a moment’s notice, and the pain can be very intense. If you’re suddenly struck by a severe toothache, it’s important to act fast. First and foremost, rinse your mouth out thoroughly with warm water. Then, use dental floss to gently remove any food which is lodged in your teeth. If any area of the mouth feels swollen, then apply a cold press to the outside. The one thing you should never do is apply aspirin or another painkiller directly to the area. This won’t do much for the pain, and can end up burning your gum tissue. As with the other emergencies, be sure to see your dentist as soon as possible.

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