What to Do If You Have a Dental Emergency
- June 5, 2017
When to Seek Immediate Dental Care
It is extremely important to get dental care today in Beaverton if a toothache has resulted in facial swelling or is causing a high fever or a general sense of feeling very unwell. A bad toothache can result in a dental abscess which without treatment, could cause a serious and potentially life-threatening infection so please don’t delay in getting help.
Dealing with Common Dental Problems
Common dental emergencies include toothache, having a broken or chipped tooth, injury to the soft tissues in your mouth, or knocking out a tooth. Knowing what to do can be useful, just until you can come to Definition Dental.
What to Do If You Knock Out a Tooth
If you knock out a tooth then you must act quickly as there is a chance we can successfully re-implant the tooth, but only within the first half an hour to an hour after the accident. Carefully pick up the tooth and rinse off any dirt but don’t scrub the tooth root. If you can, reinsert the tooth (make sure it faces the right way around!) and hold it in place with a clean finger or tissue until you can get to our dental practice. Alternatively, store the tooth in your cheek, or in a small container with a little milk. It is best not to use water because this can damage the tooth root. If a child knocks out a primary or baby tooth, do not reinsert it because this could damage the adult tooth underneath.
Coping with Toothache
Try gently flossing around the tooth just in case there is some impacted food pushing it out of place. If the toothache persists, contact us because the sooner we can treat the tooth, the greater the chance of saving it. Often toothache is due to a tooth infection and you may need root canal therapy to clear it up. Leaving the infection may mean we have to remove the tooth when we would much rather save it!
Injury to Your Cheeks, Lips, Tongue or Gums
If you have an injury that is bleeding, use a clean piece of damp gauze and apply gentle but firm pressure to the wound. It should stop bleeding within twenty minutes, but if it doesn’t then see our dentist immediately.
Broken or Chipped Teeth
Even a small chip or break in a tooth should be mended as soon as possible because it will let in infection-causing bacteria. Often, we can mend a damaged tooth with composite resin but if the damage is more extensive you might need a crown.
If you are looking for emergency dental in Portland then let our caring and gentle dental team look after you. Contact Definition Dental right now or book online.