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What Counts As A Dental Emergency

What counts as a dental emergency? Here are a few things that require emergency care:

  • You have lost a permanent tooth.
  • You have chipped a tooth.
  • You have an object stuck in your teeth that you cannot remove with flossing.
  • You have bitten your tongue and cheek very hard.
  • You have a toothache that is sever, persistent, and accompanied by swelling or fever.

See You Dentist As Soon As You Can

This is the step you need to take whenever you have a dental emergency. Your dentist is qualified to give you the best care possible, and often this care needs to be performed soon after injury. If your dentist’s office is not open when you have a dental emergency, then go to the emergency room of your local hospital.

Cold Compress

There are some things that you can do for your dental emergency while waiting to go to the dentist. If there is swelling in your mouth, then apply a cold compress to your face. This reduces the swelling and makes it easier for your dentist to give you emergency care.

Rinse Mouth

If you have chipped a tooth, developed a toothache, or have bitten your lip or tongue, then gently rinse your mouth with warm water. The mouth is full of bacteria that can create more harm for your injury, so rinsing the mouth helps to keep your injury clean.

Lost Tooth

If you have lost a tooth, there are some specific steps you need to take in order to save the tooth:

  • Try to replant the tooth in your mouth.
    • Do not touch the root of the tooth, hold it by the crown.
    • If the tooth root is dirty, clean it with water or milk for about 10 seconds.
    • Gently slide the tooth up in its socket, do not force it there.
    • Hold the tooth in place by biting down on a gauze pad or washcloth.
  • If you cannot replant the tooth, keep it moist in milk, a tooth preservation product, or by holding it in your mouth.

For a lost tooth, you need to see your dentist very soon. The chances for a successful replanting are very low if the tooth has remained lost for more than 2 hours.