Sometimes, life just seems to get in the way. You may have been out playing softball with friends, and a ball accidently hits you in the face and knocks out a tooth. Or perhaps you were at a local fair and bit too hard on a piece of candy and you felt a tooth break. Maybe your child was chewing on a non-food item, and something is caught in their mouth. Knowing what to do when life’s little interruptions present themselves can really help…and this series of articles will help you understand what to do or not do in cases like this.
Common dental emergencies included things liked a knocked-out tooth. If you are a loved one experience a tooth that gets knocked-out, it is important to keep it moist at all times. If possible, place your tooth back in the socket it came from. This will help protect the tooth and roots, and hopefully your dentist can restore and re-implant the tooth. If you cannot put the tooth back in your mouth, place it in a bottle of water, in your cheek, or in milk. Contact your dentist immediately to be seen that day.
Another common emergency is a tooth that cracks. If this happens in your family, rinse the mouth with warm water to help the area get clean. Notify your dentist to be seen as soon as possible, and while waiting to be seen, try putting cool compresses on your face to help keep swelling down. Place ice packs on your cheek in fifteen minute increments, and never place ice directly on the skin.
If you need emergency dental care, contact your dentist right away. Our next article will cover other common dental emergencies.
Posted on the behalf of Lawrenceville Family Dental Care, P.C.
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