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Your smile is one of your most precious possessions. You take care of it with brushing, flossing and six-month check-ups and cleanings. But, do you know what to do in a dental emergency? First off, don't panic, and second, call for advice from your Midland, MI emergency dentist, Dr. Kathryn Winkel. She and her team are dedicated to preserving as many natural teeth as possible. So, when the unforeseen happens, count on them for quick, accurate services that keep you smiling.
What is a dental emergency?
It can involve many things, including bleeding, broken teeth and chipped prosthetics, laterally displaced or avulsed teeth, a dislocated jaw, a lost crown or veneer and more. Throbbing toothaches from a dental abscess or something caught between your teeth need prompt attention, too.
So when an emergency strikes, know what you can do immediately before you see your dentist in Midland. Here are some tips from Dr. Winkel:
Tip #1 Stay calm. Whether you, your child or someone else is having difficulty, a clear head can prevent further damage.
Tip #2 Act quickly. For instance, if you experience tooth avulsion (a tooth is knocked out), it may be replanted successfully if you get to Dr. Winkel's office within an hour, says the American Association of Endodontists. Rinse the tooth in clear water, grasp it by the crown, and insert it, roots down, into the empty tooth socket. Hold it in place while going to the dentist's office. If putting it back doesn't work, place the tooth in a sealed container with milk or water, and take it to Dr. Winkel.
Tip #3 Call the office right away if you have a toothache. Deep decay or infection requires immediate treatment. To alleviate symptoms, ice your swollen jaw (10 minutes on and 10 minutes off), and take over the counter acetaminophen. Avoid aspirin as it promotes bleeding. If you have drainage, rinse your mouth with warm salt water.
Tip #4 If you crack or chip a tooth or lose a restoration such as a crown, filling or porcelain veneer, save the fragments for Dr. Winkel. She may use composite resin bonding to repair it.
Tip #5 A broken or dislocated jaw or a severe oral laceration is a medical emergency. Get to the hospital emergency room nearest you as soon as possible. Apply direct pressure to a profusely bleeding wound.
Tip #6 If you get a piece of food or foreign object, such as a toothpick, lodged between two teeth, try gently removing it with dental floss. If this doesn't work, contact Dr. Winkel.
We prepare in the event of a hurricane, snow storm, or another natural disaster. We keep flashlights and batteries on hand in case of a power outage. CPR training is mandatory in many high schools in the United States. Preparing for dental emergencies is crucial, too, says Dr. Winkel in Midland, MI. Keep her phone number in your contacts, and call when the unexpected happens: (989) 631-6680.
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.
A sudden toothache, broken tooth, or lost filling--any dental emergency can be a frightening experience for someone. If it happens at night, you may fear that you could be in pain or unable to chew until your Midland, MI dentist reopens during regular business hours. It is always imperative to see your dentist as soon as possible in a dental emergency, but Dr. Kathryn Winkel has some steps you can take to minimize the pain or help to save your tooth until you can see her.
When you develop a toothache, remove any debris from the affected area using warm salt water and dental floss. A cold compress on the outside of your mouth will help reduce swelling and pain. Call your Midland dentist right away, especially if you notice any sign of infection as it could spread to other areas of the body if left untreated. Your dentist may be able to prescribe a painkiller or antibiotics over the phone until you can be seen.
Lost Fillings and Crowns
Until you can see your dentist, pick up dental cement from your local drug store. In the event of a lost filling, dental cement can be placed in the hole to help keep out food. If you've lost a crown, apply dental cement to the post and carefully reattach the crown. Do not force it as it could become damaged. Make an appointment with your Midland dentist right away and bring the crown with you to be reattached.
If you can find the tooth, gently rinse it off but be careful not to scrub or damage it further. Make sure to grab it from the crown and not from the roots. If you can, try to place the tooth back in the socket taking special care not to force it. Call your dentist immediately as they have the greatest chance of saving the tooth if it is inserted back into the socket within the hour. Until you are seen, keep the tooth in milk or use a product called Save-a-Tooth, available at some drug stores.
For any dental emergency, it is always important to contact your dentist as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the worse the pain, infection, or injury can become and the greater the chance you may lose the tooth. Dr. Kathryn Winkel in Midland, MI can meet all of your dental needs including preventative dentistry, general dentistry, and emergency dentistry.