5 Common Dental Emergencies and What to do Enroute to our Office

Dental Emergencies, Wesmark Family Dentistry

Oral emergencies caused by trauma or sudden tooth or gum pain are alarming. You want relief and treatment immediately to reduce pain and increase the chance that you can save a tooth or prevent complications.

At Wesmark Family Dental, we welcome emergency cases. Know what to do when you’re on the way to our offices so you can care for your injury or tooth pain and improve your chances of a complete recovery.

Knocked-out tooth

A knocked-out tooth is a definite dental emergency. Get to our offices as soon as possible because the tooth may be reattached. Brush any dirt or debris off the tooth, but keep the tooth root intact.

While you’re on your way, keep the tooth moist at all times. Hold it in your mouth — back in the socket if possible or between your cheek and gums. You may also keep the tooth in a glass of milk.

Cracked or chipped tooth

A chipped tooth isn’t always an emergency, but it’s a good idea to get it looked at as soon as possible. If the tooth is cracked, rinse your mouth immediately with warm water. While heading to our office, hold a cold compress on the side of your face where the tooth is located to reduce swelling and discomfort.

Swelling or tooth abscess

A tooth infection can cause abnormal swelling in the soft tissue in your mouth or cause an abscess, a painful pocket of pus caused by bacteria. An abscess may occur at the tip of the root or in the gums next to the tooth root. An abscess may cause throbbing pain, fever, swelling, and a foul taste in your mouth.

You need immediate care to relieve the abscess, but before you make your way to Wesmark Family Dentistry, rinse your mouth with warm saltwater and take acetaminophen (ibuprofen can cause excessive bleeding) to ease your pain. You may apply a cold compress to the outside of your mouth in the affected area.

Severe tooth pain

If you have severe tooth pain but no visible signs of infection such as pus or swelling, you should still call our office to make an emergency appointment. Rinse your mouth with warm water to clean out any bacteria or loose food particles. Gently use dental floss around the tooth to remove any caught food, too. Never place aspirin directly on an aching tooth or gums.

Injury to soft tissue or bleeding from the mouth

If you bite your tongue or lip seriously enough to draw blood and cause tissue damage, rinse the area gently and apply a cold compress as you head to the office for an emergency appointment.

If your bleeding is due to a puncture wound or tear to the cheeks, lips, mouth, or tongue, you should clean the area with warm water. If your tongue is injured, pull it forward gently and place pressure on the wound using sterile gauze.

Don’t hesitate to head to our office in the case of a dental emergency. We will help you avoid complications and save an injured tooth.

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