Dental Emergency: What to Do
Accidents are sometimes inevitable and mostly unpredictable. When it comes to a dental emergency, it’s important to know what to do. Knowing what to do during a dental emergency can be crucial to saving your teeth. Here are some tips that can help you during certain dental emergencies.
Cracked tooth – When you suddenly break your tooth from eating something hard or something hard hit your mouth, immediately rinse your mouth with warm water. Rinsing with warm water will help clean the area. If swelling occurs, apply cold compress on your mouth where the broken tooth is. Then, immediately schedule a dental appointment to fix your cracked tooth.
Tooth pain – Rinse with warm water to clean your mouth and use dental floss to remove any food residue caught between the teeth. A toothache might seem like a simple or small problem, but it could be a sign that something more is going on in your teeth. Schedule a dental visit as soon as you can.
Knocked out a permanent tooth – Hitting your mouth hard can sometimes cause permanent teeth to fall out. When that happens, preserve your tooth by placing it back in the socket. Keep it moist all the time and see a dentist as soon as possible.
Tongue bite or lip bite – Clean the area gently with water and prevent bleeding by compressing the affected site. Apply a cold compress. If the cut is deep and bleeding doesn’t stop, go to your dentist as soon as you can.
A foreign object stuck in your mouth – Do not remove any object in your mouth with a sharp or pointed instrument. Make sure you go to your dentist right away.
When you have a dental emergency, go to your dentist as soon as possible to prevent any further complications. Although learning tips can be helpful, dental emergencies warrant professional assessment and immediate management. You can contact us at Dr. Sidarous and Associates in Saint-Laurent, Quebec if you have dental emergency questions.
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