Dental Emergencies

Note: It is always wise to have in the emergency kit in the house some sterile cotton and some analgesics for use to control bleeding and pain before you can get help.

Accidents happen, and knowing what to do when one occurs can mean the difference between saving or losing a tooth.

For all dental emergencies, it’s important to visit your dentist as soon as possible.

 Here are some common dental emergencies and how to deal with them; 

KNOCKED OUT TOOTH IN ADULTS

For a knocked-out permanent or adult tooth, keep it moist at all times. If you can, try placing the tooth back in the socket without touching the root. If that’s not possible, place it in between your cheek and gums, or in milk. Then, get to your dentist’s office right away.

KNOCKED OUT TOOTH IN KIDS

If the tooth is a baby tooth, the best thing to do is find the tooth, keep it moist and get to a dentist. Your dentist can see whether the entire tooth, or just part of it, came out. Your dentist can also determine whether to implant it again.

FRACTURED TOOTH

 For a fractured tooth, immediately rinse the mouth with warm water to clean the area. Put cold compresses on the face to keep any swelling down. See your dentist as soon as possible.

  INJURY TO TONGUE OR LIP

 If there is an injury to your tongue or lip, clean the area gently with water and apply a cold compress. If there is excessive bleeding see your dentist or go to any emergency room in a hospital setup for attention

TOOTHACHE

 For toothaches, rinse your mouth with warm water to clean it out. Gently use dental floss to remove any food caught between your teeth. Do not put aspirin on your aching tooth or gums; it may burn the gum tissue. Some clove oil applied to the aching tooth at time works wonders. Contact your dentist as soon as possible.

BROKEN JAW

If you think your jaw is broken apply cold compresses to control the swelling. Go to your dentist or a hospital emergency department immediately.

AN OBJECT THAT’S STUCK IN MY MOUTH OR TEETH

For objects stuck in the mouth, try to gently remove with floss or a tooth pick. The item might be painful or cause an infection, so see your dentist if you cannot remove it.

 HOW TO AVOID DENTAL EMERGENCY

There are a number of simple precautions you can take to avoid accident and injury to the teeth:

Wear a mouth guard when participating in sports or recreational activities. 

Avoid chewing ice, popcorn kernels and hard candy, all of which can crack a tooth. 

Use scissors, NEVER your teeth, to cut things.