When an unexpected trauma or pain strikes your oral region, Penn & Searls DDS can help you in Trenton, MI with emergency dentistry. Our oral care specialists will assist you as soon as possible to treat your condition with expert care and effective results.
Dental Emergencies & What to Do
You should always seek dental care as soon as possible in the case of a dental emergency. There are also steps you can take to help relieve pain and improve your chance of full recovery before you visit the dentist. Some common emergencies and what you can do include the following:
Use warm salt water to rinse your mouth and remove food or debris between your teeth with floss or an air or water flosser. Apply a cold compress on your cheek or outside your mouth if there is swelling.
Your best chance to save the tooth is to get dental care within one hour. Hold the tooth by the crown and don’t touch the root. Rinse it off, but don’t scrub it or pick off any fragments of tissue. Without forcing it, try to reinsert the tooth into the socket in the correct orientation. If you can’t reinsert the tooth, then place it in a small container with milk. As a second option, you can use lightly salted water.
Broken or Chipped Tooth
Collect all the pieces of your tooth and them in a container with milk or lightly salted water. Use warm salt water to rinse your mouth and apply gauze for 10 minutes to any spot that is bleeding. You can apply a cold compress close to the affected area for pain and swelling.
Lost Crown or Filling
For fillings, you can temporarily replace it with sugarless gum or dental cement (found over-the-counter). For crowns, save it so you take it to our dental office. If you can’t visit the dentist immediately, then attempt to refit the crown onto the tooth using dental cement, toothpaste, or denture adhesive. Don’t ever use superglue.
Object or Food Stuck in Teeth
Gently use dental floss to try and remove the object from your teeth. Air and water flossers work very well at removing food particles, as well. Don’t ever use a sharp object like a pin to remove objects from teeth. Doing so can seriously damage your gums or teeth.
An abscessed tooth as an extremely serious infection that’s very painful and can spread to the heart and other parts of your body. The infection occurs either between your tooth a gum tissue or inside a tooth’s nerve. Contact us immediately to get the proper care for this condition. At home, using warm, slightly salted water can draw the pus out to the surface and provide temporary pain reduction.
Call for Dental Care
If you’ve been noticing soreness, pain, or anything else making your teeth and mouth uncomfortable, don’t hesitate to give us a call and schedule an appointment. Reach out to our office today by calling 734-675-8400 at your earliest convenience!