Care in Crisis: Solving Common Dental Emergencies

February 9, 2024

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woman holding her jaw due to dental emergencies

When it comes to dental emergencies, swift action can make all the difference. Whether it’s a sudden toothache or a knocked-out incisor, knowing how to respond can help alleviate pain and prevent complications. But what are you supposed to do? Well, with a little know-how and preparation, you can be your own first line of defense against dental emergencies.

If you want to learn to treat some common dental emergencies until you can see your dentist, continue reading.

What to do for a Toothache

Toothaches can range from mild discomfort to severe pain and can be caused by multiple issues like decay, infection, or trauma. To provide first-aid for a toothache:

  • Rinse your mouth with warm salty water and gently floss around the affected tooth to remove any trapped debris.
  • Use over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen to help reduce discomfort.
  • Contact your dentist as soon as possible to schedule an appointment. Be sure to give a thorough description of what you’re experiencing so they can see if you need treatment right away.

What to do for a Knocked-Out Tooth

As sturdy as your teeth are, they can be knocked out from physical trauma like falls, sports contact, and car accidents. This is one of the most serious dental emergencies because time is of the essence. From the time it’s dislodged you have 30 minutes to an hour to have it reimplanted. Here’s your quick action plan:

  • Retrieve the tooth, holding it by the crown (top), and rinse it gently with water. Avoid touching the root and do not scrub it or use soap or other chemicals.
  • Try to reinsert the tooth into its socket, if possible, and hold it in place by gently biting down on a clean cloth or gauze.
  • If reinsertion isn’t possible, place the tooth in a container of milk or saliva to keep it moist and bring it to your dentist immediately.

What to do for an Abscess

Dental abscesses are a serious matter. They’re pockets of pus caused by bacterial infection and require immediate treatment to prevent complications. Symptoms may include severe toothache, swelling, fever, and a foul taste or odor in the mouth. Here’s what you should do:

  • Avoid sugary or hot foods as they will further inflame the abscess area.
  • Rinse your mouth with warm salt water to help reduce pain and draw out infection.
  • Contact your dentist immediately for evaluation and treatment, which may include draining the abscess and prescribing antibiotics.

In any dental emergency, it’s best to get professional care as soon as possible. Speedy treatment is the most reliable way to alleviate pain, prevent complications, and preserve your oral health. Keep your dentist’s contact information readily available, and don’t hesitate to reach out if you experience a dental emergency. Put together your emergency action plans today and keep them with you, it’s better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it!

About the Author

Dr. Jason Hong is a highly motivated and talented dentist with a wealth of knowledge at his fingertips. He earned his dental doctorate from the prestigious New York University College of Dentistry. Since then, he has never stopped learning, expanding his skills through multiple avenues of continuing education. Call (630) 789-1555 to schedule an emergency dental appointment at Clarendon Hills Dental or visit the website to learn more.

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