When a dental emergency strikes, whether it happens to you or a loved one, it’s crucial that you remain calm and act quickly. Your first order of business should be contacting our office and scheduling an emergency appointment. A member of our team can guide you over the phone on what steps you should take next. Thankfully, there are a few ways you can improve your condition until you reach Dental Center of Midlothian. If you’re experiencing any of the common dental emergencies described below, you can get to work managing your problem right away!
If one of your teeth becomes partially dislodged, that is just as much a dental emergency as it would be if it were knocked out entirely. To increase the chances of Dr. Johnson being able to successfully reattach your tooth, get to our office as quickly as you can, preferably within an hour of the tooth becoming dislodged. In the meantime, you can apply a cold compress to your cheek or take an over-the-counter pain reliever such as acetaminophen. Just be sure to not place the pain medication directly to the area, as that can irritate your gums and actually increase your discomfort. Avoid chewing with the tooth until after we treat it.
Food particles and other foreign objects can sometimes get caught in between your teeth, especially if you have gapped teeth. This often results in serious discomfort. If this happens, start by using waxed dental floss to remove the object. Rinsing your mouth out with warm water may help to loosen the object if flossing doesn’t work. At this point, if you can’t get it out yourself, you may require professional help. Whatever you do, do not use a sharp object, such as a toothpick or a needle, to attempt to remove it. Doing so could puncture your gum tissue or scratch your tooth.
A dental abscess is a pocket of pus that develops on the gum tissue. When an abscess forms, it’s typically the result of an advanced infection. Often, the infection develops on or near the tooth’s root beneath the gumline. In the worst-case scenario, the tooth might have to be extracted if the infection has progressed too far. Common symptoms of a dental abscess include severe oral pain and fever. To alleviate your discomfort until you get to our office, you can rinse with a saltwater solution several times a day.
If your tongue, lips, cheeks, or other soft tissues in your mouth start bleeding, rinse your mouth with saltwater. This will help clean out the injured area. Hold a piece of gauze or cloth to the site for 10-15 minutes. Then, apply a cold compress for an additional 10 minutes. If the bleeding still does not stop, head to the nearest emergency room for immediate medical treatment.