Dental emergencies can be both frightening and painful. However, it is important that you keep a cool head and take appropriate action to handle the situation. When you are facing an oral health crisis, contact New Haven Dental Group right away. We will walk you through the steps you should take to relieve your pain and minimize the damage to your teeth and gums. Depending on the specifics of your situation, you we may advise you to apply some of the suggestions offered below.
You may be able to remove the object on your own. Take a piece of dental floss and tie a knot in it. Insert the floss between your teeth and move it back and forth, bumping the knot against the object in order to dislodge it. It might also be helpful to rinse with warm saltwater. Whatever you do, do not use a sharp object, such as a knife or toothpick, to try to get the object out. Doing so might harm your gums or teeth.
An extruded tooth is one that has been partially knocked out of its socket. Gently try to maneuver the tooth back into place. Ibuprofen or another over the counter pain reliever may help to minimize your discomfort. Avoid chewing with the tooth. Get to our office as soon as possible. The quicker you receive treatment, the more likely it is that we will be able to splint the tooth back into place and save it from extraction.
An abscess is a pocket of pus that forms as a result of an advanced infection. One may form close to a tooth’s root in the space between two teeth. Left untreated, this type of infection can spread into the surrounding tissue and cause significant harm. It may even lead to tooth loss or systemic illness. Rinsing with saltwater and taking pain relievers may help to ease any discomfort you feel while you are awaiting your emergency appointment.
If the bleeding is severe, you should head to the local emergency room for immediate treatment. The doctors there will assess the injury and provide initial care. Later, you may visit us for a follow-up examination.
If the bleeding in your cheeks, tongue, gums, or lips is relatively mild, you may be able to take care of the injury on your own. First, rinse your mouth with saltwater. Then, hold a piece of gum over the injury to stem the bleeding. Applying a cold compress can reduce any swelling.