How to Handle Dental Emergencies

Dental emergencies, such as any other emergency, can never be planned. Dental emergencies, in particular, can be particularly scary and painful, but you should always call your dentist immediately. If for any reason your dental office is unable to see you, or their office is closed, there are few steps you can take to handle the emergency until you finally get seen by your dentist.

Pain and Sensitivity

Pain and sensitivity can be caused by an abscess or exposed nerves from a lost filling or crown. If this is the case be sure to rinse out your mouth with warm salt water in order to reduce swelling. See your dentist at the earliest possible time to be treated, as this can be a serious case.

Broken Tooth

Broken teeth happen quite commonly, as they usually happen while eating or after an accident. Be sure to save any pieces of the broken teeth that you can find and rinse them with warm water. Be sure to also rinse your mouth with warm water and apply gauze to any point of the mouse that is experiencing bleeding. Use a cold compress on the outside of your mouth.

Knocked Out Permanent Tooth

Unfortunately, if you have experienced tooth loss due to blunt force, a fall, or an accident, try to keep your tooth in your mouth. It is vital to hold the tooth by the crown and not by the root. Begin by trying to insert the tooth into the socket that it came out of, but if you are unable to do so soak the tooth in milk on the way to the dentist. Teeth that are knocked out have the best survival rate if treated within 1 hour.

If you are currently experiencing a dental emergency, please give us a call at Harmony Dental in Pearland and Pasadena, TX. however, if you are not experiencing a dental emergency still give us a call or send us an email to schedule an appointment with one of our dental professionals.