You have plans to head out with the family to enjoy the sites, sounds and foods of the State Fair of Texas, but you’ve been stopped in your tracks by a sudden, sharp pain that radiates throughout one side of your face. You have a severe toothache and getting some relief from the discomfort is your main priority, but you’re not sure what to do. Your emergency dentist in Allen says this is an example of dental trauma, and he explains how to handle it and other emergent situations as you continue reading.
What is Considered a Dental Emergency?
A dental emergency is any situation that requires immediate attention to either save a tooth, treat severe pain, infection or stop profusive bleeding. These are the initial steps necessary to getting the treatment needed for dental trauma:
- To be able to identify common dental emergencies
- To remain calm and take a moment to assess the situation
- To contact your emergency dentist and explain to the staff member what has happened
While waiting to receive treatment from your emergency dentist, there are things you can do at home to get some pain relief and stabilize the situation.
For a Toothache, Do This
One of the more common types of dental emergencies is a toothache, and it can be brought on by an object stuck in your teeth, a cracked digit or bacteria infection. If you find yourself with persistent pain, then do the following:
- First, rinse your mouth with a salt-water solution to keep any bacteria at bay.
- You can use dental floss to carefully clean around the painful area to make sure there aren’t any food particles adding extra irritation.
- For persistent pain, you can take up to 600 mg of ibuprofen, and apply ice to reduce any swelling.
How to Handle a Knocked-Out Tooth
Having a tooth knocked out is one of the more obvious dental emergencies. It can be brought on by sudden impact to the mouth or your roots being dissolved over time due to gum disease. The first step is to grab the tooth by the crown and soak it in a saline solution until you can be seen by your dentist. This will help to keep the roots clean so your tooth will be salvageable.
What to Do for a Cracked Tooth
A cracked tooth can leave the inner area of the digit exposed to food particles and bacterial infection, and it can also be painful. At the first notice of a cracked or broken tooth, rinse your mouth with warm water and then stop any bleeding by gently biting down on cotton gauzes. If the pain persists, you can take up to 600 mg of ibuprofen and apply ice to the side of your face for 20-minute intervals.
A dental emergency is the last thing you want to happen – especially when you’ve made fun plans. By applying what you’ve learned and reaching out to your local dentist to get the help you need, you can soon be back to enjoying a normal life.
About the Author
For over 15 years, Dr. Lucian Daniel Narita has been providing expert and compassionate care for the Allen community. A graduate of the prestigious Loma Linda University School of Dentistry, he has also pursued continued education throughout his career to help him provide the best care. Dr. Narita helps his patients recover from dental emergencies at Amazing Smile, and he can be reached for more information through his website.