Just like all emergencies, dental emergencies can happen any time and can result in plenty of pain as well as inconvenience. Sometimes help may not be within your reach. However, as they say, “to be forewarned is to be forearmed”. The following tips will help you to handle medical emergencies at home before you visit a dentist.
Bleeding due to tongue or lip bite
If your teeth bites into very hard kinds of food, it also can definitely bite through your tongue, lip and practically all other soft tissues in the mouth. You need to clear and then clean the whole area before applying a cold compress to prevent swelling in the area. If the bleeding persists, see your doctor immediately.
First, rinse your mouth thoroughly with warm water. Remove any trapped food particles using dental floss. In case you have a swollen mouth, use a cold compress on your cheek or outside your mouth. Don’t put any painkiller, including aspirin, against the gums close to the aching tooth as it can burn gum tissue. Consult your dentist immediately.
Broken or chipped teeth
Save any pieces of the chipped tooth. Then rinse your mouth with warm water, and rinse the broken pieces. If there is bleeding, put some piece of gauze over the area until bleeding stops or for about 10 minutes. Use a cold compress on the cheek, outside of your mouth, or the lip near the chipped or broken tooth to relieve pain and reduce any swelling. See your dentist immediately.
Partially dislodged (extruded) tooth
See your dentist immediately. Before you get to the dentist, use a cold compress on the cheek or outside of your mouth to relieve pain in the affected part. Take an over-the-counter medication, such as Advil or Tylenol, if need be.
A broken jaw causes considerable pain when you bite, chew, speak or do almost anything with the mouth. Use a cold compress on the affected part and see your dentist immediately.
Objects caught between your teeth
First, try to use dental floss very carefully and gently to remove the object. See your dentist if you can’t remove the object. Never use a sharp object or pin to try to remove the stuck object. Such instruments can scratch the surface of your tooth or cut your gums.
As an interim measure, put a piece of gum into your tooth cavity. Use sugarless gum as it won’t cause pain. You can also buy a dental cement over the counter. Consult your dentist immediately.
Any dental emergency, such as a gum or tooth injury can be possibly serious and shouldn’t be ignored. Never ignore a dental problem as it can potentially cause permanent damage and the need for expensive and more extensive treatment in the future.