What to Do During Dental Emergencies

Dentist cleaning a woman's teethDental emergencies can be caused by minor accidents such as slips or falls. While they generally do not warrant a trip to the emergency room, these cases still need immediate attention.

Experts at Stark Dentistry handle emergency cases, which range from broken braces, lost dental crowns, and knocked off teeth. There are also patients who call in with bleeding gums, chipped teeth, or painful, swollen teeth. Having a trusted dentist in your community is a big advantage when situations like these arise.

Time is of the essence

Majority of dental emergencies involve pain, bleeding, or swelling. However, there are extreme cases that involve fractured or broken jaws and the damage to the teeth and gums are only secondary issues. Both situations need emergency oral procedures.

Having a dentist that you can call and go to immediately can prevent further complications. For example, a dislodged tooth can still be returned to its proper place if the roots are still intact and it is replaced within an hour after the accident.

Apply first aid

Patients may apply first aid while waiting to see the dentist. Pain from extruded or partially dislodged teeth may be relieved with a cold compress near the affected area. Patients may also take over-the-counter medicine to help manage the pain.

Broken braces or wires, on the other hand, must be covered with cotton or a soft material to prevent it from poking your cheeks or mouth. It is important not to cut the wire since there is a danger of swallowing it.

When teeth or gums bleed, experts suggest applying pressure with a ball of cotton or clean gauze to stop the bleeding. Your dentist will identify the cause of the bleeding and prevent the gum or tooth area from becoming infected.

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Oral emergencies should not be taken lightly. They can worsen or develop further complications over time. It is best to see a dentist as soon as you can.