Visiting the Dentist for a Dental Emergency

Thursday, June 27, 2013

A dental emergency can happen at any time. The outcome following this type of emergency depends on how you handle it from the very beginning. In Simi Valley, your dentist wants you to know what to do in case of a dental emergency. It is always important to contact your dentist as soon as possible to avoid any further injury to your teeth or mouth, but in case you can't here are some helpful suggestions for dealing with a dental emergency.

Toothache Toothaches are inarguably painful, but they do not always constitute an emergency. Sometimes a toothache is the result of food lodged in between your teeth. That is why it is recommended that your first course of action be to wash your mouth out with warm water. You can also use dental floss to dislodge any food particles. If you notice that your gums are swollen around the tender area, you could try ice to relieve the pain and swelling. By morning if you are still experiencing symptoms contact your dentist.

Fillings Did you lose a filling eating something sticky and hard? While this might be alarming, you can actually temporarily take care of the situation on your own. All you need is some sugar-free gum (avoid sugary gums because they will irritate the cavity). Use the gum as homemade dental sealant. It should take care of the situation until you can get in to see your dentist.

Lost Tooth A tooth that gets knocked out is not only shocking and emotionally shattering, but it is a true dental emergency. If you lose a tooth due to trauma, try to recover the tooth. When you find the tooth hold the top of the tooth and rinse the roots with warm water. Be careful not to disrupt any of the tooth's tissue fragments. Doing so could make it impossible to reattach the tooth. See if you can get the tooth to rest back into the socket without forcing it. If this isn't possible put the tooth in a container of milk with a pinch of salt. Patients who get to their Simi Valley dentist within an hour of the tooth falling out have the best chance of getting it reattached.

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