Most of the dental problems which we have to face are those that gradually develop after months or years of neglect. For this reason, one can always schedule an appointment ahead of time. But what happens when you have dental problems arise suddenly, and immediate dental care becomes necessary.
Because emergency dental situations aren’t that popular, one does not always know what to do during situations that require emergency care. As a matter of fact, most Americans do not know how to handle a dental health emergency according to a recent survey which includes 1,000 participants. So if you think that your mouth issue requires dental 911, then here are a couple of things to take note of:
Excessive bleeding due to lip or tongue bites.
Accidentally biting your lip, tongue or any other soft tissue in your mouth (and there are lots of them in your oral mucosa) can lead to excessive bleeding. The first thing to do is to clean the area and then apply cold compress in order for to control the swelling. If the bleeding is so severe that it will not stop, then head to the emergency room.
Broken or cracked teeth
When you have a broken or cracked tooth, you must call your dentist straightaway. If you can’t get to the office right away, try to rinse your mouth with warm water and then apply cold compress on the site outside of the affected area. But still, having a dentist take a look at your broken or cracked tooth the soonest possible time cannot be overemphasized.
You need to call your orthodontist right away if your braces get damaged. There are some situations wherein your braces should be looked at right away while there are others which can wait until your next appointment.
If you think that you might have a broken jaw, apply cold compress to the area right away and then head to the dentist’s office or the emergency room in the soonest possible time.
If you notice that one of your teeth has been partially dislodged, the best recourse is to see your dentist right away and he may be able to save the tooth. But if you cannot get to the dentist’s office immediately, take an OTC pain reliever instead and then apply cold compress to the affected area in order to relieve the pain that comes with having a loose tooth.
Knocked out tooth.
One of the more taxing problems, you should grasp your lost tooth by the crown and if dirty, rinse its root. Don’t scrub the tooth or remove tissue pieces which are still attached. You may reinsert the tooth back into its socket but if this doesn’t work you will have to go to your dentist right away. Place the tooth in milk per the American Dental Association’s advice until you can get to your dentist. The milk acts as a preservative.