What Is A Dental Emergency?
Dental Emergencies can have many causes, including accidents, sports-related injuries, tooth decay and infection. You may have a dental emergency if you have any of the following:
A traumatic injury to your mouth, jaw or teeth
Severe swelling in your mouth, face or neck
Severe pain that you cannot control with over-the-counter pain medication
What Can You Do While You’re Waiting To See The Dentist?
If you have pain or swelling, take an over-the-counter painkiller, such as ibuprofen (avoid aspirin). If you’re bleeding, apply pressure with your hands or a cloth. Here are more specific recommendations:
Bitten Lip Or Tongue
Clean the area gently with a cloth. Apply pressure and a cold compress to stop the bleeding and reduce swelling. Go to a hospital emergency room if the bleeding doesn’t stop.
Chipped Or Broken Teeth
Rinse your mouth with warm water to clean the area, use cold compresses, and call your dentist immediately. If possible, bring the broken piece of your tooth to Newmarket dentist, Dr. Saeed Meshksar. If it’s large enough, Dr. Meshksar might be able to bond it to the original tooth.
Our newmarket dentist, Dr. Saeed Meshksar advises holding the tooth by the crown and rinsing off the root of the tooth in water if it’s dirty. Don’t scrub it or remove any attached tissue fragments. If it’s not too painful, gently insert and hold the tooth in its socket. Otherwise, to keep the tooth and its root tissues moist, put it in a container of milk or saliva while getting to a dentist as quickly as possible. You can also carry it between your lower lip and lower gum if you don’t have a container.
Objects Caught Between Teeth
Gently try to move the object with dental floss, but avoid cutting your gums. Never use a sharp object to dislodge something stuck between your teeth. If dental floss doesn’t work, contact your dentist.
Rinse your mouth with warm water and gently use dental floss or an inter-dental cleaner to make sure there is no food or other debris caught between your teeth. Toothaches are usually the result of either tooth decay or an infection. Appropriate treatment could include antibiotics and dental restoration, so call our Newmarket Emergency Dental Clinic if the pain persists.
*This information is not intended to be a substitute for advice from a dental or medical professional. Call our Newmarket Dental office today at 905-836-6111 to book an appointment with Dr. Saeed Meshksar.
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Unit 11 Newmarket, ON
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