When you’re suffering from a dental emergency, it’s highly important that you know what to do, even before your visit to the dentist. Otherwise, it may be too late and the damage will be irreversible. According to a dentist from SS Miranda Dental’s clinic near Sylvania, NSW, providing proper urgent care for tooth infection and other dental emergencies should be prioritized, especially if you’ve just undergone dental treatment.
Time and knowledge can make a huge difference when experiencing tooth infection. Here are some instructions you can follow.
In general, you can do two things when there’s a dental emergency – head straight to the nearest emergency room or book an appointment with your dentist. But you should be knowledgeable to distinguish which among the two you should consider.
Urgency of the Condition
Do you need urgent care for tooth infection? Or can it wait for your next visit to your dentist. Perhaps you can simply book for an appointment if it can wait for a day or two. This will also help you save some money compared to going directly to the ER.
Here are some examples of non-emergency dental problems:
- Lost filling, crown or bridge
- Dull toothache
- Broken braces
- Objects stuck between teeth
- Chipped tooth (considered emergency if there is severe pain)
Though the above mentioned are not considered emergency scenarios, it’s still vital to see the dentist as soon as possible.
On the other hand, here are some scenarios that are considered dental emergencies and thus need urgent care.
- Swelling accompanied with pain
- Severe toothache
- Tooth infection manifested by swelling, severe pain and fever
- Fully or partially knocked out permanent tooth
- Injured daw
With these several scenarios, it’s therefore important that you have enough knowledge to distinguish if what you’re experiencing requires urgent care or not.
Managing Dental Emergencies
What if you experienced a dental emergency, but it’s the wee hours already and your dentist is still asleep? Here are some suggestions you can follow.
Using warm water, rinse your mouth thoroughly. Use dental floss if you have food or another foreign object stuck between your teeth. If there’s swelling, apply cold compress to that area. An over-the-counter painkiller can be used but don’t apply it on the gums or aching tooth. This can actually burn the tissues near the gums.
Chipped or Broken Tooth
As much as possible, save any pieces that got separated from the tooth and wash it thoroughly. Rinse your mouth with warm water and put gauze on the bleeding area until bleeding stops. For swelling and pain relief, apply ice pack on the outside part of the cheek or mouth.
Knocked Out Tooth
Retrieve the tooth and rinse with clean water. Be sure to hold the crown and not the roots, don’t take off any tissue fragments as well. If you can’t put it back on the socket, do it. If not, don’t force it. Just place it in a small container filled with water or milk with a pinch of table salt. To save the tooth, bring it to the dentist in one hour from the time it was knocked out.