Having a dental emergency can be very scary. It is easy to panic if you have no idea what to do and have never been in a similar situation before. Having a plan ahead of time can ease the stress of the situation. Here are some tips to help prepare you for an emergency trip to your dentist’s office.
One of the most common dental emergencies is having a tooth knocked out completely. This can be caused by a car accident, sports injury, or other trauma. If this happens to you, the first thing you should do is locate the tooth and very gently pick it up by the crown. Be careful not to damage the root. Any damage to the root may prevent your Dentists in Milwaukee WI from being able to successfully reinsert the tooth later. Rinse the tooth off with warm water. It is a good idea to place a wash cloth or some other type of barrier in the bottom of the sink so that the tooth does not accidentally go down the drain. If you can, try to place the tooth back in your mouth and bite down gently. If you are unable to do that, put the tooth in a container with either warm salt water or milk until you can get to the dentist. Contact Frank R. Galka D.D.S. immediately. You will have the best chance of keeping your tooth if you can get to the dentist within an hour of the incident.
Another common dental emergency is having a cracked or damaged tooth. If you chip your tooth and are not experiencing any pain, it’s okay to wait a few days to see your Dentists in Milwaukee WI. However if you are in pain, contact your dentist immediately. Thoroughly clean your mouth out with warm water. If the tooth became fractured due to some type of facial trauma, you can apply a cold compress to the affected area to keep swelling down and to help with pain. If you are still in pain, take acetaminophin, not aspirin. Do not apply any painkiller directly to the gum because it can cause the tissue to burn. An x-ray will need to be taken to determine whether the tooth can be saved.