Model of a tooth next to a first-aid kitWhen you think of a dental emergency, what comes to mind? A chipped or cracked tooth? Severe toothache? When a crisis occurs, the pain can cause us to take measures that may or may not help the situation like grabbing a warm compress when it should be cold. No matter the accident, make sure to call and schedule an appointment with a trusted dentist as soon as possible. In the meantime, you will want to try and manage the pain, if at all possible. Here are a few tips from a dentist in Scarborough to help you handle a dental disaster.

Don’t Panic!

It’s the first thing we do when faced with a crisis. Instead of letting your stress level rise, you should try these tips:

  • Toothache: Rinse your mouth with warm water to clear any debris. Gently floss to remove food from between your teeth. To reduce the amount of pain you may be experiencing, take an over-the-counter pain reliever, but never use aspirin as it may burn the gum tissue.
  • Knocked Out Tooth: Retrieve the tooth and be sure to wash it and your mouth with warm water. If possible, place it back in the socket. However, if you’re unable, keep the tooth in a container of milk until you arrive at your dentist’s office.
  • Cracked Tooth: Place a cold compress on your face to prevent swelling. Don’t chew with the injured tooth, and use dental wax to cover any sharp edges or points to protect nearby teeth.
  • Dental Restoration Loss: Depending on its severity, same day repair may not be necessary, which is why it’s important to call your dentist. They will be able to determine if it’s necessary for you to come in immediately. When possible, try to maintain the restoration until your scheduled appointment.
  • Soft Tissue Injury or Jawbone Breakage: Should these types of emergencies occur, it is suggested patients visit the emergency room. If damage appears to have happened to the teeth or gums, your dentist can assess the severity and address the issue.

Always Remember the Four “C’s”

From the time the accident happened to when you arrive at your dentist’s office, keep these four “C’s” in mind:

  • Calm – Heightened blood pressure can make your situation worse, so remain calm.
  • Call – Notifying your dentist as soon as possible is crucial to ensuring you receive prompt care.
  • Clean –Gently flush out the problem area with warm water to prevent infection.
  • Cold – Forget the heat. Cold compresses stop blood flow and control inflammation. Remember, 20 minutes on/20 minutes off.

Should you find yourself facing a dental emergency, don’t wait. Call your trusted dentist to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.

About the Practice
At White Willow Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, our doctors and staff provide a friendly, welcoming and nonjudgmental atmosphere. No issue is too big or too small for Dr. Samantha Amaro or Dr. Arti Patel. When emergencies happen, count on our expert team to provide prompt, quality care. To discuss the services offered, contact us via the website or call (416) 285-4545.