When you experience a dental emergency, which is any pain or injury to your teeth and gums that isn’t life threatening, you should see the dentist as soon as possible. However, you can also take steps to address the discomfort in the immediate aftermath. We’re going to look at how to respond to common dental emergencies.
Common Dental Emergencies
- Chipped Teeth: If you chip a tooth we recommend rinsing with warm water and placing a cold compress against the side of the face to reduce swelling. You can also use a piece of cloth or gauze to stem any bleeding. If you can, try to recover any pieces of your tooth and bring them to the office with you. If this proves impossible, don’t worry, we can still repair your tooth.
- Knocked Out Teeth: If you have a tooth knocked-out, carefully pick the tooth up by the crown, or invisible portion. Never touch the roots and when rinsing the tooth under running water, take care not to remove any tissue, only dirt and foreign debris. Again, a cold compress can reduce swelling and cloth or gauze can address bleeding. Place the tooth in a glass of milk or salt water and bring it with you to the office.
- Aching Teeth: If you have a sudden and persistent toothache, then rinse with warm water and use floss to try and dislodge anything that night be caught between the teeth or under the gum line. Never use anything other than floss however, or you could damage the gums. When you arrive, we can pinpoint the cause of your discomfort and provide appropriate treatment. If you have any questions about our emergency care, or about how to respond to common injuries or pain, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About Dental Emergencies?
We can see you as soon as possible and address your dental emergency. To learn more, schedule a consultation, call Pacific Hills Dental in Omaha, NE, today at (402) 330-2243. We also serve the residents of Papillion, Elkhorn, La Vista, Millard, and all surrounding communities.