Knowing What to Do in a Dental Emergency

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A dental emergency can happen so quickly that it may take a few minutes to understand what has occurred. For every moment that passes, though, you or your loved one may be losing time to have the injury repaired. Dentists recommend becoming familiar with possible emergency scenarios so that you can act quickly should one actually happen. By knowing what to do as soon as you suffer a dental emergency, you can increase your chances for a complete recovery.

Assess the Injury
A dental emergency can produce pain or blood loss that may make it difficult to speedily assess the nature of the injury. If a loved one sustains an injury to the mouth, try to calm him enough so that you can inspect the area. If he is bleeding, apply gentle pressure with a clean cloth to slow the blood flow and clean the injury well enough to see it. Once you can view the mouth area, you can determine the extent of the injury.

Contain the Damage
If a loved one has knocked out a tooth, you must find the missing tooth and safeguard it for possible reinsertion. Once you find the tooth, rinse it off gently and see if you can put it back into the empty socket. Covering the tooth with cold milk can preserve it if you cannot easily place it back into the socket. If the individual has an injury to the soft tissues of the mouth, apply gentle pressure with an ice pack to alleviate pain and minimize swelling.

Contact an Emergency Dentist
After providing first aid for the injury, you must consult an emergency dentist. In many cases, a dentist has only a small window of time to provide the treatment that can facilitate a full recovery. When you contact your dentist, he can recommend additional strategies to minimize pain and other complications until you reach the office.

Oak Creek Dental Care is here for you in the event of a dental emergency. Our Columbus, Ohio, facility can swiftly address your injury to reduce the chances of permanent damage to your mouth. Call (614) 882-5525 to speak with an associate about our full range of dentistry services.

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