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Accidents do happen, and knowing what to do when one occurs can mean the difference between saving and losing a tooth.
Emergency Dentist Newmarket
We understand that accidental mishaps are just part of life—but knowing what to do when you have a dental emergency can preserve your oral health. Responding properly to common dental emergencies can save your natural teeth, preventing the need for complex restorations. Here’s what you need to know:
If one of your teeth is knocked out
- Place it back in the tooth socket immediately, while being careful not to put your fingers on the root of the tooth. If you can’t do this for any reason, either place the tooth in between your cheek and your gums or place it in a container of milk. The key is to keep the tooth moist; if it dries out, the root will die. Ideally, you should see your dentist within 30 minutes of the initial injury. If you have bitten your tongue or the inside of your cheek during your injury, rinse away any blood with water and apply a cold compress to the affected area.
If you crack one of your teeth
- Rinse your mouth out with warm water immediately to get rid of debris and food particles. Doing this will help to prevent bacteria from entering the crack. If your face feels sore or swollen, apply a cold compress to your cheek.
If a tooth or part of your gums becomes sore or swollen,
- Rinse your mouth with warm salt water several times a day to minimize pain. You should also carefully clean the affected area, making sure to floss gently in order to free trapped food particles. Never put any over-the-counter pain relievers, such as acetaminophen or aspirin, on your teeth or gums. They will make the problem worse by irritating your gum tissue. You can also try oral topical pain relievers that are sold at your nearest drug store. Applying a cool compress helps to minimize inflammation as well.
- It is strongly recommended to never use hard, pointed instruments to pry out objects that have become lodged in your teeth or gums. If your tooth or gum pain is being caused by a foreign object in your mouth, use floss to gently and gradually dislodge the object—don’t try to “dig” it out.
- Note that severe and sudden facial swelling can represent a medical emergency, rather than just a dental emergency. If your face and throat rapidly become painful and swollen, head to your nearest hospital at once.
- To prevent dental emergencies, remember to always wear a mouth guard when playing sports or engaging in athletic activities where your teeth might be harmed. Don’t chew on ice or hard candy, and be careful when eating popcorn—popcorn kernels are one of the most common causes of cracked teeth. Finally, know that you should never use your teeth to open bottles or “cut” into packages. Doing so can easily crack or loosen your teeth.