We all try to avoid Dental Emergencies as much as possible, right? But still, accidents do happen. It’s important that you know what to do in these situations, because it could mean saving you a tooth and a lot of pain! So we want to give you a heads up. Here is some advice on how to handle some of the most common dental emergencies:
Knocked Out Permanent Adult Tooth – Find the tooth and keep it moist at all times! If you are able to, try and place the tooth back in the socket without touching the root. If this isn’t possibly, put the tooth in your mouth, between the cheek and the gums. If you have milk near by, you can also soak it in that. Then call Dr. Barney and get to our office immediately!
Cracked Tooth – Immediately clean your mouth by rinsing with warm water. Then find a cold compress and hold it on your cheek next to the cracked tooth to help eliminate any swelling. Then give us a call!
Deep Bite in Tongue or Lip – Gently clean the area with a water and apply a cold compress. Then give us a call!
Severe Tooth Aches – Clean out your mouth by rinsing with warm water. The use floss to gently remove any food caught between the aching teeth. Please do not put Asprin on your aching tooth or gums. Then, once again, give us a call!
Objects Stuck in the Mouth – Attempt to remove the object with floss. Please do not try and remove it was sharp, pointed instruments as this has the potential to cause even more harm to the mouth. If floss cannot remove the object, give us a call!
If we didn’t make it clear enough above, please never hesitate to give us a call if any of these things happen to you. Dr. Barney and the rest of our staff here at Brookdale Dental in Boise are always happy to take care of you, and all of these emergencies should never be taken lightly! Our phone number is (208)373-0018.
While accidents will always happen, here are some helpful tips on how you can prevent tooth/mouth injuries:
- Always wear a mouth guard when participating in highly physical sports or recreational activities.
- Avoid chewing ice, pop corn kernels, or hard candies.
- Never try and tear or cut things with your teeth! Just use the scissors.