How to Respond to Dental Emergencies

how to respond to dental emergencies

The most important thing during a dental emergency is staying calm so that you can take the right steps for that specific situation. This involves performing dental first aid, and this can be the deciding factor on whether you save your tooth or lose it. This article discusses some of the important things which you can do to prepare for, and respond to dental emergencies.

Contact you dentist

It isn’t a joke when the experts at ThoroughDent Smiles advise that you have your dentist on speed dial. Contacting your dentist as soon as possible during a dental emergency serves several important purposes.

First, the dentist will help you to decide whether your condition requires immediate attention or you can wait and see the dentist at your convenience. Misjudging a situation as minor when immediate dental attention is needed can cause the problem to worsen.

Secondly, contacting Dr. Kristina Neda, an emergency dentist in Georgetown, KY can be a smart move because you will get real-time professional advice about the steps to take during the dental emergency before you can get to a dental office. For example, the dentist can advise you on what to do to preserve a knocked-out tooth when you cannot access water to keep it moist.

Get Your Dental First Aid Kit Assembled

Next, put together the different supplies which you may need during a dental emergency. The most important items to include in that kit are;

  1. Some gauze (to stop bleeding).
  2. A small container that has a lid (this will come in handy when a tooth is knocked out and has to be preserved while you go to the dentist).
  3. An appropriate painkiller, such as acetaminophen (aspirin or ibuprofen aren’t suitable because they are blood thinners which can trigger more bleeding).
  4. Mouthwash (to clean your mouth).
  5. Denture adhesive or toothpaste to hold broken fillings or crowns in place for a while as you head to the dentist’s.

Dr. Jordan Smith also recommends that you have a dental first aid kit which you travel with just in case you or a loved one is involved in a dental emergency while on the road.

Learn What to Do In Different Dental Emergencies

We asked our friend, Dr. Taher Dhoon, a dentist in Greeley, CO, about dental emergencies. Dr. Dhoon says that there is no one-size-fits-all response to dental emergencies, so your preparations to deal with these situations when they arise should include learning how to handle different kinds of dental emergencies. The following are some of the situations you may face;

  1. A Chipped Tooth: Collect the chipped pieces and rinse them using clean water. Then, rinse your mouth using warm, salty water. Put a piece of gauze on the affected tooth to stop any bleeding which is taking place. A cold compress to the outside of the affected side of the mouth will also reduce any swelling that you notice.
  2. An Extruded Tooth: Dr. Jordan Smith an experienced dentist who has been offering emergency dentistry services in Georgetown KY, explains that an extruded tooth is a tooth which has been partially knocked out. Time is of the essence in such a case, so you should get to ThoroughDent Smiles as soon as you can. As you head out, use a cold compress outside the mouth close to the extruded tooth. Take an OTC painkiller from your dental first aid kit.
  3. A Tooth Abscess: If you notice that you have developed an abscess on the root of your tooth (intense pain and a pimple-like swelling can alert you to this problem), contact an emergency dentist in Georgetown, KY immediately. As you wait to come to ThoroughDent Smiles for professional help, prepare a salt-water solution and rinse your mouth several times each day.

A Dental Emergency in Georgetown, KY

The three situations above are just a few examples of the dental emergencies that can occur. Others include a knocked-out tooth, a severe toothache, a lost crown or filling and so many other emergency situations. Learn about as many of them as you can so that you avoid having to scramble for information regarding what to do in the heat of the moment.

It can be hard to stay calm and in control of your wits when you or your loved one is involved in a dental emergency. However, having the right information about how you can deal with different dental emergency situations can help you to stay calm if such a situation ever arises. As usual, we at ThoroughDent Smiles are at your service should you or any member of your family require emergency dental care. Just give us a call, and we will be waiting to put our training and experience at your service.