No one wants to experience an emergency situation. Your heart starts to pound and panic starts to set in. Your mind quickly races trying to find a solution to your problem. What do you do?
If you’re having a medical emergency or experiencing a situation that calls for police intervention, you know to call 911. If your car breaks down on the highway, you know to call AAA or a local towing company. But what do you do when you have a dental emergency?
Here at Plymouth Dentistry, we hope you never have to experience any of the scenarios listed above. But we do want you to know that we’re there for you if you have a dental emergency. We often can treat your dental emergency on the same day that it happens.
But what do you do when your emergency happens after our office hours? You should still call our office at (734) 224-4359. Your call can be put through straight to Dr. Feucht. He can give you advice, talk you through your emergency situation, and schedule an emergency appointment.
Because time is of the essence when it comes to dental emergencies, in today’s blog post we’re going to give you tips for handling various dental emergencies. So read on to learn more!
Help! My Tooth Got Knocked Out
If at all possible, save the tooth! We might be able to restore the tooth to health. Avoid handling the tooth by its roots and leave any tissue matter on the tooth. You can gently brush any debris off the tooth. If you are bleeding from the socket, use sterile gauze to stop the bleeding.
If you’re near a pharmacy, you may want to purchase a product called Save-A-Tooth. The tooth can be placed in this product or in a glass of milk to keep it alive longer. Then get to our office as soon as possible; the faster you get to the office, the more likely we can save the tooth. Call us now at (734) 224-4359 to schedule your emergency appointment.
What to Do if You’ve Broken or Chipped a Tooth
If you’ve broken or chipped a tooth, save any fragments of the tooth. If there is any bleeding, apply pressure using gauze or a tea bag to the site of the wound. You’ll also want to use a cold compress on your cheeks or lips to reduce any swelling you are experiencing.
If the broken tooth is sharp, cover it with a small piece of gauze to avoid cutting the inside of mouth. If you are in pain, take an over-the-counter pain reliever. You’ll want to avoid any products containing aspirin as they could make the bleeding worse. Then call us now at (734) 224-4359 to schedule your emergency appointment.
How to Handle Loose Dental Restorations
There’s good news if a dental crown or a dental bridge comes loose. Dental crowns and dental bridges can generally be put back into place. (A dental filling cannot generally be reused unless it is made out of porcelain or gold.) If you’ve swallowed the restoration, it should pass through your stool without incident.
You can use clove oil to relieve pain by applying it to the exposed area of your tooth. You can try to reattach the dental appliance with over-the-counter dental cement, but that will work only as a temporary measure. Be sure and call our office at (734) 224-4359 so we can get the restoration permanently put back in place.
Treating Severe Toothaches
If you are experiencing a toothache or sensitivity in your tooth (such as to hot or cold temperatures), you may have an infection or a cavity. You’ll want to schedule an appointment at our office as soon as possible so we can determine the source of your pain. An infection may need to be treated with a root canal and/or dental crown procedure, while a cavity might need a simple filling.
In the interim there are several things you can do. First try an over-the-counter aspirin-free pain reliever. You also may want to apply a cold compress to the outside of your mouth and/or try rinsing the affected area of your mouth with warm water. Then call your home for Plymouth family dentistry to schedule an appointment at (734) 224-4359.