How to Handle a Dental Emergency

Handling a dental emergency can be challenging if you don’t know what to look for. Whether it be a broken tooth or injured gums, a dental emergency can interfere with common activities such as eating or speaking. According to the American Dental Association, you can sometimes prevent dental emergencies like these by avoiding the use of your teeth as tools or by giving up hard foods and candies.

Even with excellent preventative care, unexpected problems can still arise. When an emergency arises, you should immediately make an appointment with our office so we can put you at ease, give you the best possible care, and help you return quickly to your regular routine.

For tooth damage in particular, don’t hesitate to call and schedule an emergency appointment.

Damaged Teeth

If for whatever reason your tooth gets damaged, don’t hesitate to call and schedule an appointment immediately to address it. However, there are a few remedial steps you can take to offset a damaged tooth and prevent further injury. If you break your tooth, clean the area well by rinsing it with warm water. Compress the skin near the area to ease the inflammation near the affected tooth.

Injured Soft Tissues

For other problems, such as bleeding gums or an injured tongue, cheek, or lip, TM Prosthodontics recommends gently sensing your mouth with salt ware and applying pressure to the site with a moist strip of gauze or a tea bag. If you’re also experiencing some discomfort, you can put a cold compress on your cheek near the area of the bleeding.

Broken Braces or Wires

If a wire breaks or sticks out of a bracket or band and is poking your cheek, tongue, or gum, try using the eraser end of a pencil to push the wire into a more comfortable position. If you can’t reposition the wire, cover the end with orthodontic wax, a small cotton ball, or piece of gauze until you can get to your orthodontist’s office. Never cut the wire, as you could end up swallowing it or breathing it into your lungs.

A dental emergency may catch you off guard, so make sure to follow these steps in the event of a dental emergency. Otherwise, make sure to set an appointment, and one of our technicians will be able to relieve you immediately.


Posted: Wednesday December 2, 2015