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How to Handle a Dental Emergency

Posted on 5/8/2023 by SRD Florence
How to Handle a Dental EmergencyDental emergencies occur unexpectedly and can cause excessive bleeding or teeth to fall off. Oral injuries are also painful and can lead to further complications or permanent damage if left untreated. In this case, seeking dental emergency care as soon as possible is vital.

Sometimes, you can implement oral care for dental injuries at home to alleviate pain and bleeding. Here are 4 oral care tips after a dental emergency.

Address Pain

Teeth damage can cause unbearable pain and gum swelling, which can affect your daily activities. The good thing is that you can manage this with over-the-counter pain medication. You can also use the cold compress technique to reduce pain. This involves placing ice packs or cold towels on the outside of your cheeks for about 15 minutes to numb the area and reduce swelling.

Manage Bleeding

Dental emergencies such as knocked-out teeth can cause bleeding on the gums or the tooth socket. The first step towards controlling bleeding involves rinsing the mouth with plain or mild salt water. You may also need to apply pressure on the bleeding site with a moistened pad or piece of gauze for about 30 minutes. If the bleeding doesn't stop, repeat the procedure, and visit a dentist immediately.

Preserve the Dislodged Tooth

A dislodged tooth doesn't mean you should live with gaps between the teeth. A professional can help to reattach the tooth, limiting the need for extensive dental restoration procedures. All you need is to preserve the dislodged tooth in a glass of milk and bring it with you to the dentist's office.

Seek Professional Help ASAP

Oral emergencies such as toothaches may indicate tooth decay. In this case, tooth pain won't go away until you treat the root cause of the pain. Besides, infections can spread, causing long-term damage if left untreated. In this case, a professional dentist can help to treat the underlying issues to prevent further damage. Do you have dental issues that can't wait for normal business hours? Book an appointment with us, and you will achieve healthy teeth and a beautiful smile.
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