Have you ever wondered what you would do if you broke a tooth? Knowing how to respond to a dental emergency could mean the difference between comfort and discomfort, and saving precious tooth structure.
What to Do Before a Dental Emergency
Handling a dental emergency starts with preparation. First, you need to have contact information for your dentist handy at all times. Save the number to your oral healthcare provider’s practice in your mobile phone. Keep your dentist’s business cards in your purse or wallet, too.
The faster you can call your dental practice to make an emergency appointment, the better. When dental crises arise, time is of the essence. The longer problems go untreated, the worse they will become. Moreover, waiting to receive treatment for a broken or knocked out tooth could diminish your chances of saving it.
Keep Save-A-Tooth solution in your first aid kit. This solution is wonderful for keeping a knocked out or broken portion of a tooth alive until your emergency appointment. You can purchase this solution at many large pharmacies and some supermarkets. Keeping this on hand could mean the difference between losing your tooth and keeping it.
Responding to Chipped, Cracked, and Broken Teeth
If you bite down on something and chip a tooth, or worse, fall and knock one out, you need to act fast. When your tooth is injured, call your dental provider immediately to make an emergency appointment. Then, take your tooth and/or its pieces and place them in Save-A-Tooth solution or milk. If you have neither on hand, you can place your tooth in between the gums and linings of cheeks to keep it alive until your appointment.
How to Handle a Toothache
Toothaches are painful. It usually means the nerves inside teeth are infected. If you develop a toothache, schedule an appointment as soon as possible. You can take over the counter pain medication and gargle salt water to increase your comfort while you wait for treatment.
If you have a dental emergency or need to make an appointment for a checkup, call us at Hulen Crossing Family Dental today.