How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies - Manchester, CT
Reduce Your Pain and Protect Your Oral Health
Although dental emergencies can be quite frightening, it is important that you slow down, take a deep breath, and keep a level head. Taking prompt action can reduce your pain and minimize the damage to your oral health. In the sections below, you will find practical guidance on how to handle some common dental emergencies. Of course, if you have questions about what to do, or you need to schedule an emergency appointment, you should contact First Line Dental as soon as possible.
Something Stuck Between The Teeth
Do not try to remove the object with a knife or other sharp object; doing so could damage your teeth and gums. Instead, tie a knot in a section of waxed dental floss. Move the floss back and forth between your teeth, using the knot to try to bump the offending object out of the way. If you cannot dislodge the item on your own, or if it is causing you severe pain, call us to schedule an emergency appointment.
An extruded tooth is one that has been partially knocked out of its socket. You can try to put it back in its place, but you must be extremely gentle with it. Do not use it to chew or bite down on anything. Over the counter pain relievers can take the edge off of your discomfort. The sooner you get to our office, the more likely it is that we will be able to splint the tooth back into place and save you from having to undergo an extraction.
An abscess is a pocket of pus that is a sign of an advanced infection. An abscess may form near the root of a tooth or between the teeth and gums. If you notice sign of an abscess, such as a severe toothache or a pimple-like sore on your gums, seek professional care as soon as possible. An uncontrolled dental infection could lead to tooth loss and systemic illness. Before your appointment, rinsing with a saltwater solution may help to ease your pain.
Soft Tissue Injury
If your lips, cheeks, gums, or tongue are bleeding, you can place a sugar-free piece of gum over the site to stem the flow. A cold compress can help to reduce inflammation and swelling. However, if the bleeding is excessive, or you have suffered other significant injuries to your face or jaw, you may need to visit the local emergency room. Later, you can come to our office for follow-up care so we can assess how the injury may have affected your oral health and the function of your mouth.