Accidents happen, and while you can't prevent them entirely, you can do your best to be prepared with the knowledge of what to do should one happen.
A dental emergency can leave you in extreme pain and a panic.
When you think of a health emergency, you likely jump to the resolution of going to the emergency room. However, what happens when you have a dental emergency?
You visit an emergency dentist in Maryland.
Being prepared ahead of time by knowing both what to do and who to go to will save you time and possibly even money.
What is a dental emergency and what do I do?
While that filling might be causing you some annoying tooth pain, does that classify as an emergency? It can be hard to determine the difference between what is more of an annoyance and what is something that needs to be addressed immediately.
Here are some possible dental emergencies that would likely need to be addressed immediately, and what to do until you can get help:
A knocked-out permanent tooth
Maybe you fell or got hit in the mouth by something and it knocked one of your permanent teeth completely out. This will likely be followed by pain and bleeding.
Try to place the tooth back in the socket without touching the root of the tooth. If you are unable to do that, place the tooth in a glass of milk or in between your cheek and gums. The important thing is to keep the tooth moist at all times.
A cracked tooth
A cracked tooth isn’t usually as serious as a tooth that is completely knocked out, but it can still be painful. Depending on how it broke, it could also pose a potential risk of cutting other areas of your mouth.
Start by rinsing your mouth with warm water to clean the area and rid your mouth of any tooth debris. Avoid eating anything hard until you get to the dentist because it could chip the tooth even further. Lastly, put a cold compress on the face to alleviate any swelling.
Biting your lip or tongue
This is something that happens often as you eat, but sometimes it can be far worse than others – leading to an open wound and even bleeding. Clean the area with water and apply a cold compress.
Once the area stops bleeding, take a look and see if it might need further medical attention – such as stitches.
An object stuck in your mouth
You should never try to remove something from your mouth with a sharp or pointed instrument – always use floss. If you are unable to dislodge the object safely, go to the dentist so that it can be dislodged using the proper tools.
The location and severity of this would indicate if it was an emergency or not.
Please remember, it is always better to be safe rather than sorry. This is not a comprehensive list of dental emergencies, and if you are unsure if what you are experiencing is truly an emergency, it is better to go in and let the dentist determine what to do.
Another dental issue that might arise is a general toothache. Unless the pain is too much for you to bear, it is not typically an emergency. However, it is recommended that you still schedule an appointment as soon as possible.
Until you are able to get in to see your dentist:
• Regularly rinse your mouth with warm water to clean it out.
• Try gently flossing around the area to remove any food caught between the teeth.
• Place a cold rag on the outside of the cheek to try to alleviate any swelling and soothe the area.
Keep Our Contact Info Handy
In the event of a dental emergency, immediate care is a necessity.
Whether you have knocked out a tooth, bit your tongue, or even have something stuck in your mouth – our team is on standby for all your dental emergency needs.