What to Do in a Dental Emergency

Dental Emergencies!

It is Friday night and the Brewers are up by three runs in the fifth inning against the Cubs when all of a sudden a fly ball comes soaring at your face.  With no time to react, that 50 mph fast ball hits you on the side of the mouth resulting in loss of blood and a few broken teeth.

What about when you are at work having a one-on-one meeting with your boss when an abrupt ache in your gums occur and the pain is so unbearable you cannot talk.

Imagine you are eating a home-cooked meal with your family when you feel a big CRACK and before you know it a tooth falls right out of your mouth onto your dinner plate.

What would you do in a dental emergency? Well one thing is you will want to get it fixed RIGHT away. Dental emergencies happen more often than we would want and if it doesn’t affect you personally, more than likely you will be around someone it does affect.

A few tips to help the pain subside until you can see a dentist:

  1. Rinse your mouth with warm salt water
  2. Take an over-the counter pain reliever
  3. Gently run your tooth or gum area with an antiseptic that contains benzocaine
  4. Place a cold compress on your cheek to help reduce the pain and swelling

When you have a dental emergency, it is always at the worst time and an inconvenience for anyone.

Like any emergency, time is of the essence and quick care is needed. If you are aware something is not right in your mouth, call us immediately as waiting can make matters worse and recovery time more painful!

Here at Destination Dental, we understand that these are indeed emergencies and will get you the right care immediately.