Dr. Paul Perella, DMD

How To Handle Dental Emergencies

Dental emergencies are no fun. They can be scary and painful. You should always call your dentist immediately if you have an emergency. We always try to see our emergency patients on the same day. However, if you have to wait, here are some steps to handle the emergency until you can get in to see the dentist.

Pain and Sensitivity

This can be caused by an abcess or exposed nerve from a lost filling or crown.

What to Do?

Rinse your mouth out with warm salt water to reduce the swelling. See your dentist immediately before infection spreads or worsens. If there is an abcess, you will need a root canal. If the damage is severe, the tooth may need to be extracted.

Broken Tooth

Your tooth may have cracked while eating, or experienced a blunt force.

What to Do?

Save any pieces of the broken tooth and rinse them with warm water. Also, rinse your mouth with warm water too. 

Apply gauze if you experience any bleeding.

Use a cold compress on the outside of your mouth on the way to the dentist.

If decay is to blame for the breakage, the nerve could be in danger and a root canal may be required.

Knocked Out Permanent Tooth

This is probably one of the most scary scenarios. 

What to Do?

Hold the tooth by the crown, not the root.

Rinse the tooth with warm water (if it's dirty) but do not scrub it.

Try to re-insert the tooth into the socket, making sure it's facing the right way. If you can't, soak the tooth in milk or salt water on the way to the dentist. 

Teeth that are knocked out have the best chance of being saved if treated within ONE hour.

Remember, always call your dentist immediately.

Source: topdentistnycblog.com

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