Dental emergencies can be potentially severe and should not be ignored. Choosing to ignore a dental problem can lead to more serious damage and also require more expensive and extensive treatment in the future. Knowing what to do in the events of a dental emergency can mean the difference between saving and losing a tooth. So if you are hurting as a result of a broken tooth, toothache or any other sort of dental emergency, contact your dentist as soon as possible.
Emergency Treatment Options Before you see a Dentist
The following are some dental emergencies that may arise, plus some simple steps you can take to reduce the pain before you see your dentist:
- Bitten Lip or Tongue – After cleaning place an ice park on the affected area to reduce swelling. Then proceed to see your dentist or go to a hospital emergency room.
- Broken Tooth – Keep the pieces of the broken tooth then rinse your mouth out with warm water. Applying a cold compress will help minimize the pain and decrease swelling.
- Object Stuck in Teeth – Gently attempt to remove the object using dental floss. (Avoid using any sharp instrument). If the object remains stuck in your teeth, contact your dentist.
- Toothache – The first thing to do is rinse your mouth out with warm water. Then use dental floss to ensure you remove any food particle or debris that may be causing the pain. Contact your dentist, if the pain persists
- Dental Abscess – Once you notice any sort of painful swelling on your gums, apply salt water and contact an emergency dentist right away.
If you have any type of dental emergency, your dentist is the first person you should contact. Blacktown Family Dental sets aside time for emergency procedures. Our qualified dentists will do what we can to be available to attend to your dental emergency.