Tips on handling a dental emergency
It never fails – the unexpected happens during the worst case scenario. A toothache, broken tooth, knocked -out tooth, lost filling or crown and abcess are all dental emergencies. A Sunday evening toothache, a knocked- out tooth during the Championship baseball game or a dental crown that comes off during your flight to Aruba. We are here for you – but so is this blog.
So tuck this in your back pocket – and know that we are here to help!
- Rinse your mouth with warm salt water and remove any food that has gotten lodged between the teeth with floss.
- Use a cold compress on the outside of your mouth, especially if there’s swelling.
- DO NOT apply aspirin or pain killers directly to the painful area.
- Call us 614-775-0840 if pain persists.
- Rinse your mouth out, taking care to save any pieces of broken tooth.
- Use gauze for about 10 minutes to stop any bleeding.
- Apply cold compress around the affected area to minimize any pain or swelling.
- SEE US IMMEDIATELY 614-775-0840 (Dr. Angart is available to weekends for current patients)
KNOCKED- OUT TOOTH
- Hold the tooth by the crown and rinse with water to remove any dirt.
- Take care not to remove any tissue attached to the tooth.
- Submerge tooth in a cup with your saliva or milk.
- Reinsert the tooth in its socket if you can, but don’t force it.
- Chances of saving the tooth are highest if you see Dr. Angart within ONE HOUR of the accident
- Use sugarless gum or dental cement as a temporary fix and CALL us with in 24 hours.
- See us as soon as possible.
- Save the crown and bring it with you to our office.
- Try to put the crown back in place by using toothpaste or dental cement to hold it here.
- If you notice a small, painful, pimple-like bump on your gums, it could be an abcess.
- Can be a sign of an infection if left untreated.
- Rinse with warm salt water to help reduce pain.
- Alert us immediatly if you notice one of these bumps.