Having to deal with a dental emergency is not your idea of a fun-filled day, but when you least expect it, one can happen. Thus, it’s best to have some plans for how to respond to some of the more common types. While you want to avoid dental trauma at all costs, your emergency dentist in Garden City explains how to handle five possible situations.
For any Emergency, Do This
No matter what type of dental emergency you may have, here are the three steps that should be taken:
- Take a deep breath to calm your nerves.
- Assess the situation to determine what the problem is.
- Reach out to the staff at your emergency dentist’s office.
While waiting to receive treatment, there are some steps you can take at home for some temporary relief.
#1 – A Knocked Out Tooth
If you lose a tooth, the first thing you should do is attempt to retrieve it, rinse it under warm water and re-insert it. If that’s not possible, then you can soak the tooth in a cup of milk, which will aid in keeping the root alive while you wait to be seen by your emergency dentist.
#2 – A Broken, Cracked or Chipped Tooth
If your tooth is damaged, you may notice increased sensitivity to extreme temperatures, which is a result of the dentin (the layer beneath the enamel) being exposed. The good news is that the discomfort will usually go away within a few hours as your saliva produces remineralizing agents that coat the tooth.
Even after the pain subsides, though, it’s important to be treated by your emergency dentist to prevent any more complex dental issues from developing.
#3 – A Gum or Tooth Abscess
An abscess is a painful but necessary way for the human body to identify infection and then isolate it to prevent it from spreading. Here are some of the warning signs and the steps you should take:
- Gum Abscess – One of the symptoms of a gum abscess is a yellow, red, clear or whitish pimple on the gums. It’s important to not burst the bump and to immediately reach out to your emergency dentist as soon as you notice the problem.
- Tooth Abscess – A tooth abscess can be harder to identify visually, but the pain is an unmistakable indicator of a problem. If there is any swelling, you can apply an icepack and take ibuprofen for temporary pain relief.
#4 – Pain When You Bite
If you are experiencing pain when you bite, then it can be an indicator of a cracked tooth, failed dental crown or an abscess. Until you can be seen by your emergency dentist, avoid chewing on that side of your mouth.
#5 – Toothache
One of the more common types of dental emergencies is a toothache, which is typically brought on by accelerated bacteria growth. You can first attempt to floss around the area where the pain is to remove any food items that may be lodged.
To address any pain, you can take ibuprofen and also apply ice to reduce any swelling.
Suffering from a dental emergency is unfortunate, but by knowing how to respond effectively and by receiving care from your emergency dentist, you can recover and return to living a normal life.
About the Author
Dr. Alexander Barsky earned his dental degree from New York University, and he has since gone on to provide the absolute best in dental care. A recipient of the “Patient’s Choice Award” – 2016 and “America’s Top Dentist Award” – 2015-2016, Dr. Barsky treats dental emergencies at Franklin Avenue Dental Care, and he can be reached for more information through his website.