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Handling Dental Emergencies

Handling Dental Emergencies

dental emergency idaho fallsIf you have ever suffered from a dental emergency then you might understand how painful and frightening it can be. More often than not, people aren’t sure what constitutes as a dental emergency, what they can do at home, and when they need to call a dentist. At Hatch Dentistry in Idaho Falls we have created a simple guide that can help you determine what actions you need to take when you are faced with a dental emergency:

Toothaches

When you have a toothache the pain can be excruciating. To help resolve your toothache you should rinse your mouth out with warm water and remove any food that may have gotten lodged in between your teeth with dental floss. Next, apply a cold compress to the outside of your mouth, especially if there is swelling. Do not apply any painkillers directly to the affected area. If the pain persists schedule an appointment with your Idaho Falls dentist.

Broken Tooth

Teeth are remarkably strong, but they can chip, crack or break. When your tooth breaks rinse your mouth out with warm water, taking care to save any pieces of tooth. Gently apply gauze to the affected tooth for about 10 minutes to stop any bleeding.  To minimize any pain and swelling apply a cold compress around the affected area. Schedule an appointment with your local dentists immediately.

Knocked-Out Tooth

If your tooth has been knocked out pick up the tooth by the crown and rinse it with water to remove any dirt. Try to avoid removing any tissue that is still attached to the tooth. You can try to reinsert the tooth in its socket, but don’t force it. You can place your tooth in a cup of milk to help preserve it. For the highest chances of saving your tooth, contact your Idaho Falls dentist within one hour.

Abscess

If you have a small, painful bump on your gums it could be an abscess. This bump could be a sign of infections that can spread if left untreated. Rinse your mouth out with warm salt water to help reduce the pain. Contact your local dentist’s office immediately if you notice one of these painful bumps.

Lost Dental Restoration

Fillings – when your filling falls out use sugarless gum or dental cement as a temporary fix. You should seek restorative dentistry as soon as possible.

Crowns – if your crown has come loose you can try to put the crown back in place using toothpaste or dental cement to temporary hold it in place while you make your way to your local dentist for assistance.

Preventing Dental Emergencies

Dealing with a dental emergency is never fun and you may be wondering what you can do to prevent future emergencies from occurring. The best way to protect your teeth and gums from future dental emergencies is to see your local dentist twice a year to schedule comprehensive hygiene visits.

Hatch Dental in Idaho Falls can help you with all of your preventative dentistry and restorative dentistry needs! Just remember to follow our simple dental emergency guide whenever you are experiencing a dental emergency!

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