Dental Problems

Dental Emergencies -Handling Dental Emergencies

One should never ignore the dental emergency as it can lead to potentially serious problems. Ignoring any problem can tend to increase the risk of damage, and it requires more extensive as well as expensive treatment later. In this article, there is a brief discussion of how to handle dental emergencies.

Handling Dental Emergencies:

  • Toothache:

    Firstly, rinse your mouth thoroughly with warm water. One can also use dental floss which helps to remove the lodged food. If your jaw is swollen, then you can use a cold compressor on the jaw outside the mouth. It helps to numb the pain.Avoid using painkiller or aspirin against the gums, as it can lead to the burning sensation of the gum tissues. Consult a dentist as early as possible.

  • Broken or chipped teeth:

    Use warm water to rinse the mouth and to rinse the broken piece. If one develops bleeding then apply a gauze piece to that area until bleeding stops or for 10 minutes. One can also use a cold compressor (apply outside the mouth on the cheeks or jaw) to relieve the pain and to get rid of swelling. Consult your dentist as early as possible.

  • Extruded tooth or partially dislodged tooth:

    Immediately consult your dentist. One can use a cold compressor outside the mouth, until he/she reaches the dentist’s office, it helps to relieve pain. One can also take a pain reliever such as Advil or Tylenol if needed.

  • Lost filling:

    For a temporary measure, one can use a sugarless gum to stick in the cavity (as sugar-filled gum cause pain in the tooth). One can also use the dental cement as a temporary measure. Consult your dentist as early as possible.

  • Stuck objects between teeth:

    To remove the stuck objects between teeth use a dental floss very gently and carefully. If you cannot remove the object, then immediately consult your dentist. Avoid using sharp objects or pins to remove the stuck objects, because these can damage the tooth surface and gums.

These are some of the dental problems which need to treated immediately. Thus, it is better to consult your as early as possible.

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