It happens when you’re least expecting it, maybe while preparing for a big presentation at work or running around with your children on the playground. Suddenly, a serious dental injury takes place in the blink of an eye, or a dull oral discomfort bursts into searing pain. Your busy schedule and obligations won’t stop for these types of issues, so how do you find the relief you need fast?
If you’ve experienced a dental emergency and are unsure of what to do, here are some guidelines for how best to handle some common situations:
Be prepared for some facial swelling following this type of injury. Thankfully, the effects can be alleviated with a cold compress held against the appropriate cheek. If any large pieces of the tooth have come loose, please gather them and plan to bring them with you to our practice.
Is it possible that something stuck between the teeth is causing the pain? Try thoroughly rinsing your mouth and using floss around the affected area. If this isn’t alleviating your discomfort, an infection within the tooth may be the cause. Contact our practice for further assistance. You can take a painkiller in the interim, but do NOT place aspirin directly on your gum tissue, as it may burn.
First, do not panic. If you still have the tooth in question, handle it by the white crown portion (NEVER the root) and carefully rinse off any dirt or other debris while taking care to leave all nature tissue as intact as possible. Then, we recommend trying to place it back into its original socket and holding it in place. Alternatively, you can place the tooth in a container of milk. If you are interested in having it reattached, keeping the tooth moist is absolutely necessary until you can reach our practice. Call our West Monroe office right away – don’t wait!
Try to remove it with floss. In order to make your flossing more effective, you can tie knots in the string and position them strategically near the debris. If this proves unsuccessful or you’re in too much pain to complete the act, please contact our office right away for further guidance.