Accidents happen, and your teeth are no exception. You can’t
always know when a dental
emergency is going to strike, or how to prevent them in the first place. However,
knowing what to do when one occurs can mean the difference between losing and
saving a tooth. The first thing you should do when an emergency happens is to
call your emergency dentist in Scarborough. There are a few things you can do
in the meantime, though. Read on below to learn them.
When a tooth is knocked out, time is of the essence. You
have an hour at most to see your dentist and get the tooth successfully
reimplanted. The most important thing here, besides time, is to keep the tooth
moist. If you can, try placing the tooth back in the socket, making sure it’s
facing the right direction. If that’s not possible, hold the tooth in between
your cheek and gums. You could also place it in a container of saltwater or
milk until you can see your emergency dentist in Scarborough.
First, rinse your mouth out with warm water. Gather any pieces
of the tooth that may have broken off and save them. The dentist may be able to
reattach them. To keep any swelling down, apply cold compresses to the appropriate
side of the face.
Bitten Tongue or Lip
Gently clean the area with water to rinse out any blood. Apply
some gauze to the area to stop bleeding, as well as a cold compress to cut down
Rinse your mouth with warm water to dislodge any object that
may be causing your discomfort. Take an over-the-counter pain reliever like
ibuprofen until you can see your dentist. Just be sure that if you take
aspirin, do NOT place it directly on the affected tooth. Doing so can irritate
the gum tissue and make your pain worse.
Objects Stuck in Mouth
If there is a tiny object stuck in between your teeth, rinse
with warm water. If that doesn’t dislodge the object, then gently try to remove
it with dental floss. Whatever you do, do NOT attempt to remove the object with
a sharp object like a toothpick. You could end up damaging the soft tissue in
your mouth and making the problem worse.
Remember, your first step in a dental emergency should be to
call your dentist. Keep these tips in mind, and you may be able to keep your
smile as intact as possible.
About the Author
Dr. Samantha Amaro received her Doctor of Dental Medicine
degree from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston. She currently
practices at White Willow Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Scarborough, ON. Her
professional affiliations include the Ontario Dental Association, the Royal College
of Dental Surgeons, the Toronto Academy of Dentistry, and the Academy of
General Dentistry. If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, don’t hesitate to
practice at 416-285-4545.