Even if you keep up with your oral hygiene and visit Crossroads Dental at least twice a year for your routine checkups, accidents can happen. Knowing what to do in an emergency can mean the difference between saving and losing a tooth. Because of this, Dr. Carol Halloran is happy to give tips for common dental emergencies. With any dental emergency, it is imperative that you visit our dentist as soon as possible.
Chipped or Broken Tooth
If you chip, crack, or break a tooth, save any pieces. Rinse your mouth with warm water. Rinse the tooth pieces as well. Apply a piece of gauze to the area for 10 minutes to stop any bleeding. If there is any swelling, apply a cold compress to control it and to relieve pain.
If a permanent tooth gets knocked out, keep it moist. Try to place the tooth back into the socket without touching the root. Do not try to force it. If you cannot get the tooth to reinsert, place your tooth between your cheek and your gums to keep it moist. Another option is to place the tooth in milk or a tooth preservation product. Visit Crossroads Dental immediately.
If you have a toothache, rinse your mouth with warm water and use floss to remove any stuck food. In the case of swelling, apply a cold compress to the outside of your mouth or cheek. Do not put a painkiller against the gums, as this may burn your gums. If the pain persists, contact Crossroads Dental.
Bit Tongue or Lip
In the case of a bit tongue or lip, gently clean the area with water. Then apply pressure to the bleeding site with moistened gauze or a tea bag for 15 to 20 minutes. To control any swelling and pain, hold a cold compress to the area for 5 to 10 minutes. If the bleeding doesn’t stop, come to our office right away or go to the emergency room. Continue to use pressure on the bleeding site until you can be treated.
For more information about what to do in a dental emergency in Waterloo, Iowa, and to schedule your next appointment, contact our office today.