In An Emergency
The mouth is one of the most important parts of our body. Just like other important parts of the body, the mouth is subject to accidents.
Emergencies don't always happen when your dentist or doctor is readily available. If you have an emergency, contact your provider's office and they will most likely have an after-hours message that will assist you.
Below are a few common dental emergencies and what you should do.
- Toothaches: While toothaches aren’t necessarily an emergency, they can sometimes be painful and make you uncomfortable. Try washing your mouth with warm salt water and taking an over the counter pain medication. Contact your dentist for an appointment as soon as possible.
- Lost Tooth: If a permanent tooth is knocked out, time is of the essence. Your dentist may be able to re-implant the tooth. In order to give you the best chance, call your dentist immediately and try and get into to see him within one half hour. Transport your tooth in a glass of milk if available. If not, a glass of salt water will do.
- Broken or Fractured Jaw: If you have a broken jaw, you will likely feel pain in your face or jaw and have swelling and bruising. Your jaw may not work properly and you may notice misaligned teeth. To control swelling, apply a cold compress. Stabilize the jaw using a bandage wrapped beneath the jaw and tied on top of the head and get to the nearest emergency room quickly.
It is important to remember in an emergency situation to try to keep calm and get to the nearest dentist or doctor immediately.