You never know when an emergency of any type will strike. After all, that’s why it’s called an emergency! If you could ever really prepare, emergencies wouldn’t happen! When you have an emergency with your tooth here in Fairfield, OH, do you know where to go or what to do?
It can be overwhelming. Chances are pretty great that you aren’t going to find what you need in your classic first aid kit, which is why we want to make sure you have an excellent guide to help you know what to do in the event of a dental emergency!
We’ll begin by talking about what exactly makes an emergency an emergency. Then, we’ll makes sure you know what to do when the pain strikes. Finally, we will talk about the things you need to keep in your home so that you are prepared should anything happen to your smile! Let’s get started!
What Makes Something a Dental Emergency?
A dental emergency is anything that affects the function of your teeth. In other words, if you can’t chew, speak, or go through your day to day without complaining about your tooth/teeth, then it is a dental emergency! You need to be seen right away, and we can help make that happen right here at Andrew Dine, DDS. You’ll want to go ahead and begin caring for your teeth immediately, so let’s talk about what to do in specific dental emergencies.
What do I do When…
… I wake up in excruciating pain?
If you wake up or suddenly feel excruciating pain in one or more of your teeth, it is a sign that something is definitely wrong! Call us right away to schedule your appointment. Go ahead and take some over-the-counter pain relievers to make yourself more comfortable. You might also try a salt-water rinse to ease the discomfort surrounding your tooth.
… My dental appliance breaks or falls out?
We use dental appliances a lot to help you have a full set of functioning teeth. However, those appliances can sometimes break or fail. There’s nothing more uncomfortable than feeling a structure in your mouth fall out! You can use a temporary adhesive to replace the appliance until you can arrive at the office to have it permanently repaired.
… My tooth breaks or is knocked out?
Maybe the most terrifying emergency is a broken or knocked-out tooth. In this situation, it is important that you collect and gently rinse all of the pieces of your tooth. You can place it in some milk or just stick it in your cheek until you can get to the office for repair.
Build a Kit to Be Prepared!
As you can see, dental emergencies are quite a bit different from what we can handle with our first aid kit! There are a few handy tools in that kit, but you might need to purchase a few items to make your kit more helpful for dental emergencies. Let’s take a look at some of those items and how you might use them in the heat of the emergency!
When a tooth comes out or punctures the soft tissues of your gums, lips, or tongue, you can expect there to be quite a mess. Gauze is a great way to get that stopped as you make your way to the office.
When collecting pieces of a tooth, it is important that you handle it as little as possible. Tweezers help you gather those little pieces and get them safely into a container of milk or saliva.
Fast-acting pain relievers
There is no reason for you to stay in pain longer! A fast-acting pain reliever will give you some quick relief as you make your way to the office.
Small sealable container
Remember when we talked about putting a broken tooth in milk or saliva? A small, sealable container can be just the ticket! Keep one handy in your first aid kit.
Purchase a small tube of denture adhesive or temporary crown adhesive from your drugstore. You can use this in the event of a broken or loose dental appliance to keep the piece on your tooth until it can be replaced permanently.
Contact us Right Away!
In the event of a dental emergency, you need to contact us right away! We are here and ready for whatever you might bring our way, so don’t hesitate to call as soon as you notice a problem!