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Preserving Oral Health in Dental Emergencies

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It’s a fact of life — emergencies happen. You can ensure the best outcomes for the situation with preparedness and understanding. Dental emergencies, much like medical emergencies, require quick thinking and attention to detail to preserve the health and quality of life of the victim. You should always have an emergency dental office number on hand. Making it to the dentist in a timely manner can save teeth! Don’t fret over costs, the fact that you may have no insurance, or if your dentist will have time in his schedule—they will make the time to care for you and there is no price for preserving your health.

Use these helpful hints for emergency dental preparedness:

Loose Tooth
Loose teeth should be handled delicately. If the tooth wiggles, use your tongue or gently press with your finger to move it into normal alignment. Do your best to keep in place and seek emergency dental care immediately. Getting help within 30 minutes will improve the chances of saving the tooth and avoiding further injury.

Broken Tooth
If a tooth becomes broken, rinse the mouth with warm water. If swelling or facial injury has occurred, use a cold compress to reduce inflammation. Find all broken fragments, gently clean, and store in warm salt water or a soft cloth. Contact an emergency dentist immediately. Much like knocked-out teeth, broken teeth require professional care to optimize outcomes. Broken can teeth that are left untreated can cause many issues throughout the victim’s life.

Knocked-Out Tooth
Knocked-out teeth should be gently cleaned and rinsed with warm water to remove dirt and debris. Do not scrub the tooth. Handle the tooth by the crown only. Store the tooth in a cup of hot salt water or warm milk. Contact your dentist immediately for a “right now” emergency dental visit. Knocked-out teeth can generally be saved if professional care is received within an hour of loss.

Laceration of Tongue, Lip, or Inside Cheek
Tongue, lip, or cheek lining lacerations should be gently cleaned with a clean, soft cloth. Reduce swelling and bleeding by applying a cold compress. If you are unable to control the bleeding, after approximately 15 minutes, visit the hospital emergency room. You can follow up with your dentist if further treatment is needed to protect the tissues of the mouth.

Toothache
Toothaches can lead to headaches, fever, and sleepless nights. The pain can often be extreme and the cause of the toothache may be difficult to discover. If you have a toothache, do not place aspirin on the aching tooth or gum. Instead, rinse the mouth with warm water and floss carefully to ensure no food or debris is trapped and causing pain. If the pain persists for 48 hours, schedule an appointment with your dentist in St. Clair Shores.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in St. Clair Shores, call Gentle Dental of St. Clair Shores today at (248) 850-1809 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in St. Clair Shores. With 8 affiliated practices throughout Michigan, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental of St. Clair Shores, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Gentle Dental of St. Clair Shores.

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