There are many dentists that set time aside from their daily schedules for emergency patients, including our Greenlawn general dentist, Roger Curtis, DDS. There are also several easy precautions you can take to avoid accident and injury to your teeth that Dr. Curtiss recommends. First of all, you should be aware that a tooth can crack if you chew things like ice, hard candy, and popcorn kernels, so they should be avoided. Wearing a mouthguard when participating in recreational activities and sports will also reduce the chances of damage to your teeth, lips, tongue, and cheeks. However, even though precautions can be taken, accidents do happen and knowing what to do when one does can mean the difference between losing and saving your tooth.
The first thing to do is call Dr. Curtiss to provide him with as many details as possible regarding your condition and type of emergency. Pain is a definite sign that something is wrong and even if it goes away, it’s a good idea to be examined if there was a problem. When you find yourself with a dental emergency and need to tend to it at home before getting to our office, our Greenlawn general dentist will recommend some simple treatments. For a severely bitten lip or tongue, gently clean the area with a cloth and apply a cold compress to reduce any swelling. If there is bleeding and it doesn’t stop, get to our office or a hospital emergency room immediately. For a broken tooth, rinse your mouth with warm water to clean the area, then hold a cold compress on the area to keep swelling down and call Dr. Curtiss right away.
If your tooth gets knocked out, hold the tooth by the crown, and if it’s dirty, rinse off the root in water, but don’t scrub it or remove any attached tissue fragments. If at all possible, gently insert the tooth back into its socket and hold it there. If you that’s not possible, put the tooth in a cup of milk and get yourself, and the tooth, to our Greenlawn general dentist right away. Toothaches can be also be painful and linger if there are underlying problems. First, rinse your mouth with warm water to clean it out then gently use dental floss, or an interdental cleaner, to make sure there is no food or other debris caught between your teeth. Never put aspirin or any other painkiller against your gums, or near the aching tooth, because it can burn your gum tissue. If your pain remains, contact Dr. Curtiss immediately.