How to Handle Emergency Dentistry Issues
Chipped or broken teeth are no picnic to deal with. Of course, accidents will happen, but knowing how to handle them makes all the difference. At Midway Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, emergency dentistry issues are one of our specialties. Here are some tips to help you cope in the case of a chipped or broken tooth.
Assess the Damage
Was the tooth damaged as the result of the kind of force that could potentially cause head trauma? If so, the first thing you will want to do is determine whether an emergency room visit is in order. Depending upon the severity of the circumstances, you may want to call an ambulance for transport to the hospital.
Contact Your Dentist ASAP
You may or may not feel much or any pain. Nonetheless, always arrange to see your dentist as quickly as you can – if possible, the same day. Very often, time is essential to the most effective treatment.
Your mouth with warm water.
If Bleeding, Apply Pressure
Always apply moderate pressure to stop any bleeding present. Inside the mouth, a wet cloth or tea bag works well.
Using a cool compress or cloth outside the mouth on your jaw, cheeks or chin.
With a mild pain reliever like ibuprofen or aspirin.
Milk for Missing Tooth?
Milk, bottled water, saline solution, or tap water all work well to keep a lost whole tooth from drying out, as they can often be bonded back into place. If you are in a remote location, keeping it beneath your tongue may be your best option, but be careful! It’s not unusual for people to inadvertently swallow the tooth in these circumstances.
In the case of a dental emergency like chipped or broken teeth, follow the steps above, and do your best to relax. At Midway Family & Cosmetic Dentistry of Alpharetta, GA, we will have you feeling and looking like yourself again before you know it. Contact us at (678) 393-1868 to arrange your emergency dentistry appointment. And don’t worry – we’ll take good care of you!
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