It is impossible to schedule an emergency. They can interrupt your life at any time, and anyone is vulnerable to traumatic tooth injuries. They can be the result of athletics, cycling or automotive accidents, or even from simple accidents like tripping.
When you are in the middle of a dental emergency, you want to know what you can do to take care of your mouth. Here are instructions from our dentist.
If your emergency is the result of trauma that has resulted in a broken jaw or other serious injuries, especially head injuries, visit your medical physician or the emergency room before seeking treatment. If you believe your injury to be life-threatening CALL 911 OR VISIT THE NEAREST EMERGENCY ROOM.
In non-life-threatening situations and when you have suffered no other serious injuries, we recommend that you call our practice as soon as possible. Our phone number is 585-424-3310. We will also provide you with instructions on how to care for the following emergency situations.
Chipped or Fractured Teeth
It is possible that you are not suffering from any pain, even though your teeth have fractures or chips, and it is possible that you are in extreme pain. Either way, this situation may be a dental emergency. Here is what you can do to care for you mouth until you can visit our dentist:
- Collect any pieces of your teeth that have broken off your tooth, rinse them in lukewarm water and bring them with you to your appointment.
- If you are bleeding, apply gauze for 10 minutes or until the bleeding has ceased.
- Minimize any swelling that may occur by applying an ice pack or a cold compress.
- Apply a topical pain reliver.
- Cover the chip or fracture with dental cement, which can be purchased at most pharmacies.
Dislodged or Loosened Teeth
After you have planned your visit to our dentist, apply a cold compress or an ice pack to the traumatized area in order to minimize the swelling and your discomfort. You can also take a mild pain reliever.
Once you arrive to our office, our dentist will perform an examination of your mouth to evaluate its current state. Then he will attempt to reposition and stabilize your teeth. If your tooth has been detached from the blood vessels and nerves, or if it does not heal, you may need a root canal treatment.
Knocked-Out (Avulsed) Teeth
Another word for a tooth that has been completely knocked out of its socket is “avulsed”. When a tooth has been avulsed, speed is an important factor in what we can do for your oral health. Fast enough, and we may be able to re-place the tooth back in its spot. Once you have contacted our office, here is what you can do:
- Remove any blood and debris from your mouth by rinsing.
- Reduce any swelling by applying an ice pack or cold compress to the affected area.
- Collect the tooth, only touching it by the crown. Never touch the root.
- Rinse the tooth gently using water. Do not use any chemicals or soaps. Do not scrub, dry or wrap the tooth in a tissue.
- Carry the tooth in your mouth by placing it back in its empty socket and gently bite down to hold it in place. If this is not possible, hold it in your cheek pouch or in a container filled with your saliva, milk, water or in a tooth preservation kit.
Missing Crowns or Fillings
Whether due to decay or physical trauma, it is possible for your fillings or crowns to become loose and then go missing. You may be experiencing an elevated level of sensitivity if you have a missing crown or filling. Once you have arranged to see our dentist, here is what you can do to care for your mouth until you can come to our office.
- If you have the crown, clean it and place it back on your tooth, holding it in place using dental cement.
- If you do not have the crown, or you can not put it back, smear the top of your tooth with dental cement to help alleviate discomfort.
- Clove oil can also be used to help relieve any discomfort.
We recommend that you do NOT ever use any kind of glue in your mouth.
Most of us have experienced a toothache at one time or another. They are not very pleasant. Fortunately, relief can often be found by simply removing debris in your mouth, either by rinsing out your mouth or by flossing to dislodge anything that has become stuck between your teeth.
If this provides no relief, then contact our team to meet with our dentist. Do NOT ever put aspirin on your gums or your teeth in order to relieve the pain. This can damage your oral tissues and cause more harm than good.
Contact Henrietta Family Dental today at 585-424-3310 if you are suffering from a dental emergency in Rochester, New York. Dr. Ihab Soliman can provide you with effective, quality care.