Panic is your worst enemy during an emergency. When there's an accident or injury, it's crucial that you maintain your proper state of mind so you can do the right thing to prevent the matter from getting worse, or perhaps even save a life.
Dental emergencies may not be fatal like some medical emergencies. Still, they're potentially serious and require immediate attention. If you ignore a dental problem, it's possible to inflict permanent damage on your teeth and gums. And this is something that you really don't want happening to you.
So what do you do to respond to a dental emergency without panicking? Most of the time, people panic because they don't know what to do so to avoid that, read on below so you know exactly how to respond to any type of dental emergency.
If you experience sudden pain in your mouth, specifically in your teeth and gums, the first thing to do is to rinse your mouth with warm water. Then look in the mirror to find if there is any food particle lodged in between your teeth. Use a dental floss to remove it.
If the mouth has become swollen, apply a cold compress on your cheek. Don't make the mistake of putting aspirin on the area where there is pain because it will burn the gum tissue and make the pain worse. Go to your dentist if the pain won't stop.
Chipped or broken tooth
Look for the pieces and save them if you find any. Rinse your mouth with warm water. Rinse the broken pieces too. If there is bleeding, apply pressure on it using a piece of clean gauze. Do this for about 10 minutes or until the bleeding stops. Apply cold compress outside the mouth near the affected area. This will help tone down both the swelling and pain. Visit your dentist as soon as you can.
Find the tooth that has been knocked out and save it. Hold it by the crown and rinse it off if it's dirty. Don't scrub or remove any tissue fragments. If you can put it back in its place then good but don't force it into the socket. If this is not possible, put the tooth in a small container. Fill the container with milk or with water and a pinch of salt. Go to your dentist right away. A dentist can return it to its socket within one hour after it was knocked out.
Partially dislodged tooth
For an extruded tooth, go to the dentist immediately. Your dentist will relieve the pain by applying a cold compress on the outside of the mouth and giving you a pain reliever like Tylenol or Advil.
Stuck object between the teeth
When something gets stuck in between your teeth, use a dental floss to remove it gently. If you're having a hard time doing so, go see your dentist. Don't ever use a pin or any other sharp object to get the object out. These things can injure your gums or damage the surface of your tooth.