Emergencies stress everybody out, most especially if they have anything to do with our mouths. After all, we use our mouths constantly for speaking, eating, and smiling. In most cases, however, it could be tough to determine whether your dental “emergency” is a true dental emergency that requires immediate attention from your emergency dentist here at Gerald R. Ryan DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Schwartz Creek, MI, Dr. Gerald Ryan.
Common Dental Emergencies
- A toothache that comes with a fever or swollen lymph nodes.
- A tooth abscess with weeping discharge.
- Tooth pain that throbs and radiates to the jaw, ear, and neck.
- Pain and discomfort from a broken or cracked tooth.
- A loose or knocked-out tooth caused by an injury.
If one of these happens to you, contact or visit your emergency dentist in Schwartz, MI, as soon as possible to avoid further complications.
Problems like the following should still be cared for even if they don’t classify as dental emergencies:
- Retainer or braces that are damaged.
- Food debris that’s jammed between your teeth.
- Minor tooth pain.
- Teeth that are cracked or chipped, except when the root or nerve hurts or is exposed.
- Missing crowns or fillings, unless they hurt.
How Do You Handle a Dental Emergency?
In the case of a dental emergency, you may or may not be able to get to the dentist right away. Therefore, you must know how to manage the situation yourself for the time being. The following are tips and steps to help you care for your teeth:
- Use your fingers or a pair of tweezers to remove the object carefully.
- Floss the area next to the object lightly.
- Once the object is removed, apply pressure using a soft cloth.
A Cracked, Chipped, or Broken tooth
- Gargle with warm water to rinse and clean your mouth.
- After rinsing, apply a cold compress to your face to help reduce the pain.
Toothache and Mild Pain
- Gargle using warm water to clean and rinse your mouth.
- Take two pills of either Advil, Nurofen, or Ibuprofen and wait three hours.
- Next, take two pills of Paracetamol or Panadol, wait three hours, and then repeat the second step.
- You can do the said steps again before you see your dentist.
A Knocked-out Tooth
- Carefully put the tooth back into its socket. Avoid touching or moving its root.
- Another solution is to wrap the tooth in clean gauze and place it in milk so that it is kept moist until you can see your dentist. If it dries out, it would be difficult for your dentist to put it back.
- Cleanse the affected area by rinsing it with warm water.
- To help lessen the bleeding, apply a cold compress to the area.
Have a Dental Emergency? Don’t Hesitate to Reach Out to Us
Dial (810) 635-8446 to set up a consultation with Dr. Gerald Ryan, our emergency dentist here at Gerald R. Ryan DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Schwartz Creek, MI, right away.