January 14, 2019
You’re at your child’s basketball game, cheering them on. They are hustling, playing their hardest, when suddenly, they get accidentally elbowed in the face. A tooth gets chipped, and your child is bleeding. You have a dental emergency. What do you do? How do you react? If you haven’t made an dental emergency plan, you may start to feel panicked.
Right after a dental emergency occurs is not the best time to try to determine the right course of action. To protect you and your family, decide now what you will do so that you can act quickly and efficiently. You need to make an emergency plan. Here is some advice for what to do from your emergency dentist in Marysville.
Why do I need to have an emergency plan?
When the unthinkable happens, it can trigger all kinds of natural responses—including panic—and your judgment can become clouded. In emergency situations, time is often precious and essential to getting the best treatment and outcomes. Instead of waiting until something bad happens to decide what to do, have an emergency plan in place so that everyone will be able to respond quickly.
What should I do in a dental emergency?
In most dental emergencies, the first step is calling or going directly to your dentist to schedule an immediate appointment. The sooner you can go in, the better your odds are of needing conservative treatment. Here are some common dental emergencies and how to deal with them until you are able to see your emergency dentist in Marysville:
- If your tooth chips or cracks, rinse it with warm water to keep it clean. Use a cold compress on your face to reduce swelling.
- For toothaches, try to gently floss around the affected tooth to make sure no food is stuck around it. Use over-the-counter medication and cold compresses to manage the pain.
- If your tooth is completely knocked out, avoid touching the root as you try to put it back in its socket. If that isn’t possible, keep the tooth moist by placing it between your cheek and gums or in milk.
- If an object gets stuck between your teeth, use floss to try to remove the object. Do not use sharp objects because they can cause more damage or infection.
- For lost or broken fillings or crowns, rinse your mouth with warm water to keep it clean, and try to avoid using that tooth when eating.
- For bleeding in the mouth, apply gauze and pressure to stop it. Then assess any damage to teeth and gums.
If bleeding continues from your mouth and won’t stop or you have suffered a broken bone in your jaw, go to the emergency room.
What supplies should I have for a dental emergency?
Many items in a standard first-aid kit are also useful in a dental emergency, including the following:
But you can also consider adding a few items specifically for dental emergencies, such as a dental mirror, which will make it easier to assess the situation.
No one plans a dental emergency, but you can plan how you will respond when it happens. By having an emergency plan in place, you and your family will be more prepared and more likely to keep calm in a stressful situation. For more information about what to do in a dental emergency, contact your dentist in Marysville.
About the Author
Dr. Katie Montgomery is the owner and operator of Montgomery Family Dental. She exceeds professional developmental training requirements and attends prestigious seminars to continue her education and expertise. She and her team do their best to accommodate dental emergency patients, often on the same day. To contact them, call (937) 642-1151 or click here.
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