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Handling the Inevitable Dental Emergency

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Life happens fast, making the unexpected inevitable, including emergencies. Knowing what to do in the initial moments of an emergency is crucial to saving a life or, at least, salvaging quality of life. In the case of dental emergencies, such as a knocked out tooth or laceration to the tongue, your life may not be at stake, but your oral health is definitely at risk. To properly handle a dental emergency, you should be prepared to preserve any lost tissue and keep the mouth clean. Always have an emergency dental number handy and don’t hesitate to call to get an appointment. Seeking the right care in a dental emergency—including a dental emergency with no insurance—is the key to optimizing outcomes. Use these tips from dental experts to make certain you are prepared in the event emergency dental care is required.

Toothache

Toothaches can lead to headaches, fever, and sleepless nights.  The pain can often be extreme and the cause of the toothache may be difficult to discover. If you have a toothache, do not place aspirin on the aching tooth or gum. Instead, rinse the mouth with warm water and floss carefully to ensure no food or debris is trapped and causing pain. If the pain persists for 48 hours, schedule an appointment with your dentist in Clearwater.

Tongue, Lip, or Cheek-Lining Laceration

Tongue, lip, or cheek lining lacerationsshould be gently cleaned with a clean, soft cloth.  Reduce swelling and bleeding by applying a cold compress. If you are unable to control the bleeding, after approximately 15 minutes, visit the hospital emergency room. You can follow up with your dentist if further treatment is needed to protect the tissues of the mouth.

Knocked-Out Tooth

Knocked out teeth should be gently cleaned and rinsed with warm water to remove dirt and debris. Do not scrub the tooth. Handle the tooth by the crown only. Store the tooth in a cup of hot salt water or warm milk. Contact your dentist immediately for a “right now” emergency dental visit. Knocked out teeth can generally be saved if professional care is received within an hour of loss.

Broken Tooth

If a tooth becomes broken, rinse the mouth with warm water. If swelling or facial injury has occurred, use a cold compress to reduce inflammation. Find all broken fragments, gently clean,  and store in warm salt water or a soft cloth. Contact an emergency dentist immediately. Much like knocked out teeth, broken teeth require professional care to optimize outcomes. Broken can teeth that re left unaddressed can cause many issues throughout the lifespan for the victim.

Loose Tooth

Loose teeth should be handled delicately.  If the tooth wriggles, use your tongue or gently press with your finger to move it into normal alignment. Do your best to keep in place and seek emergency dental care immediately. Getting help within 30 minutes will improve your chances of saving the tooth and avoiding further injury.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Clearwater, call Advanced Dental Care of Clearwater today at (727) 286-3945 or make an appointment.

Advanced Dental Care offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Clearwater. With 21 affiliated practices throughout Florida, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Advanced Dental Care of Clearwater, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Advanced Dental Care of Clearwater.

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