You probably know what to do if you cut yourself, but do you know to handle dental emergencies? Dr. Kathryn Winkel in Midland, MI, explains what you should do in case of emergency.
What types of problems are emergencies?
The following situations are dental emergencies:
- Broken teeth
- Knocked out teeth
- Loose teeth
- Dental abscesses
If you experience any of these dental issues, call our office immediately. Although you'll want to contact our Midland office as soon as possible during regular hours if you have a loose filling, crown or veneer, these problems are usually not considered emergencies.
What should I do in case of an emergency?
Emergency care depends on the type of emergency. If your tooth has been knocked out, rinse it to remove any dirt, then place it back in the socket to keep it moist. A covered container of milk or saliva can be used to store your tooth if it won't fit back in your socket. The sooner you receive emergency dental care, the better. If you receive care within about an hour, the chances that the tooth will reimplant are much better.
If your tooth is loose, carefully move it back into its normal position. Don't chew on the injured side or press on the tooth.
Broken teeth can be painful. Every time air passes over the tooth, you may experience another wave of pain.
Injuries aren't the only cause of dental emergencies. Dental abscesses also require emergency treatment. If you have severe pain in a tooth, fever, swollen lymph nodes or facial swelling, you may have an infection in the center of a tooth. Abscesses are treated with antibiotics, pain medication and root canal therapy.
Knowing what to do during a dental emergency can help you protect your smile. Call Dr. Winkel in Midland, MI, at (989) 631-6680 immediately if you have an emergency.