What should you do if you're experiencing a dental emergency? Our Woodbridge dentists provide some words of advice on how to reduce pain - and potentially help your oral health - until you can see a dentist.
I have a dental emergency. What should I do?
Dental emergencies can take many forms and happen at any time of the day or night. You may have a tooth knocked out, an abscess, injury to the gums or other painful conditions.
Did you know that the speed with which you act in the event of a dental emergency can affect the outcome? We'll look at some common dental emergencies and what you can do to improve your chances of a positive outcome.
1. Identify your dental emergency
Here are some common dental emergencies and quick explanations of what you can do:Severe Swelling
Do you have moderate to severe swelling on your face, mouth, or neck that makes it difficult to breathe or swallow? Your face will frequently appear inflamed, and you may notice red or purple bruising forming.Chipped, Broken or Knocked Out Teeth
Chipped, broken or knocked-out teeth often have jagged edges. There may be parts of the tooth still in your mouth or the entire tooth and the root may have fallen out.
If you’ve fractured or chipped a tooth, try to find the missing piece and bring it to your appointment. Be careful to only hold the tooth by the crown (the part that’s visible in your mouth, which you use to chew food).
Rinse the tooth in water. Do not use soap or chemicals, and do not wrap it in tissue or a towel, as this can damage it. Also, ensure you don’t rub or agitate the tooth.
If you can hold the tooth in the socket it fell out of. If this is not possible, attempt to preserve it and keep it moist by placing it in a container of your saliva, or a glass of milk. Your dentist may be able to reattach the tooth.Lost Crown or Filling
Lost crowns or fillings may leave pieces in the mouth or you may have lost the entire restoration. Try to locate the crown or filling, and rinse it. Do your best to place it back on the tooth.
2. Use home remedies for pain or swelling
You might consider holding an ice pack to your face to minimize pain and swelling and rinsing your mouth with warm water.
3. Stay Calm
As painful as a dental emergency can be, it will pass. Breathe deeply and try to stay calm as you contact your dentist and ask for advice.
4. Contact our Woodbridge dental office immediately.
If you have a dental emergency, please contact our office right away. We can schedule an appointment for you to see a dentist at our dental clinic as soon as possible. Our dentists can examine the swelling or affected area to determine the cause and plan the best treatment approach.
5. Consider dental restorations, surgery or other treatment options.
Your dentist will go over your treatment options, which could include a crown, tooth extraction, dental implants, or other options. If necessary, the dentist can also refer you to or recommend a specialist. We take a preventive approach to treatment at dentalhouse Woodbridge Dental and always use the least invasive treatment options available.
Bookmark our website or type "dentist near me" into your favourite search engine, and our information will likely come up. We will be happy to answer any questions, address pain or other symptoms and explain treatment options in language you can understand.