March 21, 2017
Most people consider medical emergencies to be something similar to a broken bone or severe concussion. There is another type of emergency that many people do not know how to deal with: a dental emergency. Your dentist in Slidell wants you to know how to react when you’re faced with a “do or die” situation when it comes to your natural teeth and gums. Dr. Brittney Beard wants you to be prepared with this helpful information, but if you ever still find yourself panicking, remember that our Fremaux Dental Care office is here to assist you!
Common Dental Emergencies
Despite all our efforts towards prevention, accidents happen. Some are worse than others. It’s important to know the proper actions to take. Knowing how to react in time sensitive situations can prevent you from major health care problems down the road. Here are some common situations that constitute as dental emergencies:
- Chipped or broken teeth
- Lost or knocked out teeth
- Lost dental crowns
- Swelling gums (sign of infection)
- Bitten tongue or lip
- Broken jaws
The most important thing to remember is DON’T PANIC. If you ever find yourself or a loved one experiencing a dental emergency, don’t hesitate to go to your nearest emergency room if your situation calls for it. For example, if you are experiencing lost teeth due to a deep laceration, treat the cut first to avoid excessive bleeding. Give our office a call after all priority health concerns are cared for. Your dentist will know exactly what to do to help reconstruct your smile.
Handling a Dental Emergency
Managing a dental emergency correctly may be the difference between undergoing a minor oral procedure and missing major parts of your dental structure. Dr. Beard gives you helpful information on how to treat your major dental emergencies until the necessary medical attention is available.
For chipped or broken teeth, save any pieces. Rinse your mouth and the pieces using warm water. If there’s bleeding, apply gauze to the area until the bleeding stops along with a cold compress to keep any swelling down and relieve pain. You can also place a bit of dental wax or sugar-free gum over the sharp areas in your mouth until you visit our office.
For a knocked-out tooth, be sure to retrieve it. Rinse it if it is dirty and if possible, try to put the tooth back in place facing the right way. Never force it into the socket. If it’s not possible to reinsert the tooth in the socket, put the tooth in a small container of milk (or a cup of water containing a pinch of table salt). You have the highest chance of saving your tooth if you keep it moist and see your dentist within an hour of the incident, so visit our office as soon as possible!
For toothaches, rinse your mouth with warm water to clean it out. Gently use dental floss to remove any food caught between your teeth. Avoid using aspirin on aching teeth or gum issues. Clove oil and chamomile are natural inflammatories that can help reduce swelling until you can visit Dr. Beard.
Again, the most important part of managing a dental emergency is to remain calm until you are able to visit your Slidell dentist. If you are faced with any of the situations listed above, do not delay calling our office! We at Fremaux Dental Care will do everything in our power to relieve your pain and restore your smile with long-lasting results.
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