What Should I Do For a Dental Emergency?
Dental emergencies can happen anytime and to anyone, and sometimes in the most inconvenient place. It’s important to know what to do, and your caring dentists at York Towne Dental in the Yorkville, Oswego, Plano, Sandwich and Montgomery, IL areas wants you to be prepared.
There are a lot of things you can do to be prepared in case of an emergency dental situation. Have a handy emergency kit available containing:
- Your dentist’s phone number
- Saline solution
- Tissue or gauze
- A small container with a lid
A dental emergency can be caused by a traumatic accident, sports injury or untreated dental issues. Your emergency can cause an injury or trauma to your lips, cheeks, gums or face. Injury can cause cracks or breaks in your teeth, loosen your teeth or even knock them out entirely.
If you have a dental emergency situation, don’t panic. The first thing to do is try to help yourself. For immediate care, you can try to:
- Clean and press gauze on the affected area to try to stop the bleeding, especially for an injury to your soft tissue.
- Rinse your mouth and apply ice to the swelling if you fracture or chip a tooth.
- If you loosen your tooth try to adjust it back into position but don’t force it. Use only gentle slight movements with your fingers.
If you knock your tooth completely out, gently rinse it and place it in your mouth between your cheek and gum to keep it moist. If you can’t put it in your mouth, place it in the small container along with saline solution. It’s important to hold your tooth by the crown, and not touch the root.
In most dental emergencies you should take Ibuprofen for pain and see your general dentist as soon as possible. Make certain you have the emergency and after-hours contact information for your dentist at York Towne Dental in the Yorkville, Oswego, Plano, Sandwich and Montgomery, IL areas. Dental emergency situations can happen at the most unexpected times, but don’t worry. York Towne Dental is here to help, so call them so they can take good care of you in your dental emergency!