Dental Emergencies Happen – Be Prepared

by Jason 3/20/2014 8:00 AM

If you’re faced with a dental emergency, it can be just as frightening and unsettling as having a medical emergency. Being in pain can cloud your judgment. The best advice: Be proactive and be prepared in advance so you can respond quickly if you have an urgent condition involving your teeth.                                                                       

Here’s what you need to know:                     

Toothaches: While having a toothache isn’t necessarily an emergency, it can sometimes be extremely painful and make you very uncomfortable. Contact your dentist to make an appointment as soon as possible. In the meantime, try washing your mouth with warm salt water and take an over-the-counter pain medication to minimize your discomfort.

Lost Tooth: If a permanent tooth is knocked out, time is of the essence. Your dentist may be able to re-implant the tooth, so call him or her immediately to start treatment within 30 minutes, if possible. Transport your tooth in a glass of milk, if available. If not, a glass of salt water will do. 

Broken or Fractured Jaw: If you have a broken jaw, you will likely feel pain in the face or jaw and have swelling and bruising. Your jaw may not work properly or your teeth may be misaligned. To control swelling, apply a cold compress. Stabilize the jaw using a bandage wrapped beneath the jaw and tied on top of the head and get to the nearest emergency room quickly.

While these dental emergencies are some of the most common, they’re not the only tooth-related emergencies that can happen. It’s important to remember in any emergency situation involving your teeth to take deep breaths and do your best to keep calm. Then get to the nearest dentist or doctor immediately.

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