Dentist in Greensboro offering first aid advice for dental emergencies
Dental emergencies come out of nowhere and you may not know what process you can follow to treat such an emergency, resulting in anxiety and even panic. A dental emergency such as having a tooth (or teeth) forcefully knocked out or loosened leads to an incredible amount of immediate stress, so it’s best to have a dentist who knows and can explain some basic first aid steps that can be taken in an attempt to de-escalate the situation. Dr. Sona Isharani and her team at Triad Pediatric Dentistry in Greensboro, NC are available to explain some helpful first aid tips that you can follow for some of the following dental emergencies.
How Long Should I Wait Before Calling the Dentist?
The simple answer is do not wait. If you are experiencing a dental emergency, getting to your dentist within a half hour is incredibly important and could be the difference between keeping or losing your tooth or teeth that are being impacted by the emergency.
My Tooth Has Been Knocked Out. What Should I Do?
- Call your dentist immediately. Set up an immediate emergency appointment.
- If you need to handle the tooth, do so by the crown and not the root. Handling by the root may cause damage to the cells that make it possible to be re-attached.
- Rinse the tooth (gently) under cool water. Avoid scrubbing it.
- If you are able, place the tooth gently into the now empty socket. It’s very important to not let the tooth dry out.
- If you are unable to place the tooth into the mouth of the injured party, wrap it in clean gauze or a cloth and submerge that into milk or saliva.
What to do when my tooth is forced out of position?
If you are in a situation in which your tooth has been forced out of position, attempt to get it back into its original alignment using careful and slight pressure. It’s important not to force it. Once back in position, you can softly bite down to keep it in place.
What can I do for my fractured tooth?
First, rinse your mouth with some warm water and use an ice pack/cold compress to try and reduce any swelling. If you need a pain medication, use ibuprofen and not aspirin. Immediately call your dentist for an emergency appointment.
Emergency dental situations will undoubtedly cause stress and anxiety to those involved. It’s understandable as these situations are scary and, often, painful. There are additional emergency situations you could be facing that are not discussed here, so if you have any concern that you may be experiencing a dental emergency, please call Dr. Sona Isharani and her team at Triad Pediatric Dentistry in Greensboro, NC at (336) 804-8668 to get an emergency appointment scheduled.Back to Dental Emergencies Page