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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

What should you do in a dental emergency?

Any dental emergency like an injury to the teeth or gums can be serious and it should not be ignored. Ignoring a dental problem can increase the risk of permanent damage.
So what we should do in a dental emergency? First of all we should learn the basic of firs aid to handle dental emergency and after applying basic first aid, we should hurry to dental clinic for further treatment.
Dental emergency situations can be toothache, chipped or broken teeth, knocked out tooth, extruded or partially dislodged tooth or minor cases such as objects caught in teeth, lost filling and more.
In case of severe toothache,thoroughly rinse your mouth with warm water. Use dental floss to remove any lodged food. If your mouth is swollen, apply a cold compress to the outside of your mouth or cheek.

Broken teeth: Rinse the mouth using warm water; rinse any broken pieces. If there's bleeding, apply a piece of gauze to the area for about 10 minutes or until the bleeding stops. Apply a cold compress to the outside of the mouth, cheek, or lip near the broken/chipped tooth to keep any swelling down and relieve pain.

Accidental knock out of the tooth is an emergency condition and it occurs when the person includes in an accident and the tooth is knocked out from its socket. The tooth as well as the socket must be kept in good care if the tooth wants to be fixed again. The dislocated teeth must be kept on its crown do not touch the part which go into the socket, if possible try to keep it in the socket itself on right way. If not possible due to pain or fear of swallowing the teeth, keep the teeth in saliva, milk, if both not available keep in warm water with a pinch of salt in it. The highest chances of saving teeth are there if you reach to the doctor within 1 hour of dislocation.
Emergency situation means applying first aid to the effected place and try to reach the dental health clinic as soon as possible. One of such places is: Family Dentist Rapid City.

Common Dental Problems
The chipped tooth occurs when the teeth involved in a collision. It is usually a severe painful condition due to the exposure of nerves. The less the pain the less the emergency become. It is always possibility to do a root canal treatment and fix the chipped tooth back on its position with dental adhesives. But it is necessary to keep the broken piece safe as mentioned above.

If there is situation like particles lodged in between teeth, don’t try to remove it with pin or sharp objects; it usually causes much pain. If it is hard to remove, apply some warm compress from outside and reach for medical help.

Loosing of the teeth fillings are very irritating and painful condition since it exposes more nerve endings to the oral cavity, it is advisable to stick some non sugar gum into the hole since sugar will irritate the nerve endings and cause pain. In soft tissues injuries if there is much bleeding, always apply gauze over the injured part if there is bleeding, for 10mins. It will help to stop bleeding and can go for medical help on mean time cold compress can be used from outside the cheeks on the affected gum since it will reduce the blood flow by vasoconstriction.
You may check the faq section of the site to know about 'what to do in a dental emergency?'
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