What to Do in a Dental Emergency to Help Improve the Outcome

No one expects a dental emergency but, when trouble strikes, quick action and a clear head can help you minimize the damage.

This is especially true if you have children because, no matter how careful you are, kids are prone to tooth and gum injuries. Adults tend to have more problems with fillings, crowns and other types of existing dental work.

These are some of the most common calls we get for emergency dental services, here at Alta View Dental, and how to handle them.

When to seek emergency dental services

Knocked-Out Tooth

Without touching the root, rinse the dislodged tooth carefully. Gently insert the tooth back into the socket and hold it in place using a gauze pad. Contact our office immediately to schedule an emergency dentist appointment. If you can’t place the tooth into the socket, place it in a small, sealed container with some milk. In many cases, we can save the tooth if you get to us in time.

Chipped or Cracked Tooth

Locate any tooth fragments that may have broken away. Rinse them gently and place them in a small container of milk. Rinse the mouth gently and then place a cold compress on the injured area to help minimize the swelling. Contact our office immediately, especially if the tooth root is exposed or if severe pain is involved.

Lost Filling or Crown

Retrieve the lost restoration, if possible. You can use over-the-counter dental cement or denture adhesive to reattach a crown and, sometimes, a filling. If you don’t have the lost filling, you can stick some cement, adhesive or even sugarless gum in the cavity. If pain is present, you can swab some topical oral anesthetic on first. Call us as soon as possible to schedule an appointment.

Toothache, Gum Pain or Swelling

Although toothaches, gum pain and facial swelling can have a variety of causes, most of the possibilities involve some type of infection. Any infection in the oral cavity can have serious consequences and should never be ignored. Call our office at the first sign of a problem. Rinse the mouth and apply a cold compress to the face where the problem is. Drink ample fluids to prevent dehydration. If the pain or swelling is severe, it could potentially indicate an advanced infection. In that case, remain upright until you can get in for emergency dental services. Lying down could cause an infection to spread throughout the body.

At Alta View Dental Care, Dr. Hughes has three decades of experience in dealing with dental emergencies of all types. When trouble strikes, call our Sandy, Utah, office immediately for further instructions, and to schedule your appointment for emergency dental services.

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