A Dental Emergency Requires Immediate Care
Don’t ignore a true dental emergency. Seek treatment right away and know how to handle the situation.
A dental emergency often arises when you least expect it, which can elicit panic and horror on the sufferer. But before you lose your head, it’s important that you know how to best handle a dental emergency if it happens to you. Our St. Peters, MO dentist, Dr. Amanda Hillis, offers up some tips for what you should do if this situation arises.
First and foremost, if you are dealing with any of the issues below you need to seek medical attention right away from our St. Peters emergency dentist:
- Broken/cracked tooth
- Dislodged tooth
- Knocked-out tooth
- Bitten cheek/tongue
- Lost dental work
- Broken braces
- An abscess
These are all serious dental issues that require immediate care in order to preserve the health of your smile. For many of these situations, time is critical and the sooner you come into our office for treatment the better. Of course, there are some things you can do, before you head to our office, to help ease any symptoms you may be having:
- Try a commercial pain reliever: If you are experiencing pain and swelling you may want to take an OTC medication, like ibuprofen, which can target both symptoms temporarily. If anything, it can at least ease your symptoms until you make it into our office.
- Ice away the pain: By applying a wrapped ice pack to the side of your face where the injury is, you can also reduce inflammation and pain. Wrap the ice pack in a towel before applying to the skin and hold it there for up to 10 minutes at a time.
- Stop the bleeding: If you bite your tongue or cheek and it’s bleeding apply a clean towel or gauze to the area and apply pressure for about 10 to 15 minutes. If the bleeding doesn’t go down or if it actually gets worse, give us a call. We will advise you as to whether you should come into our office or head to your local emergency room.
- Protect nearby gums and soft tissue: If a wire has sprung off your braces it may be likely to cut your gums or cheeks. To prevent an injury from happening, use the eraser end of a pencil and carefully try to push the wire back in. You can also apply orthodontic wax, which you can buy at your local drugstore, to the end of the pointy wire.
- Handle teeth carefully: This is particularly important for a knocked-out tooth. Always handle a tooth by its crown and never its root, which can further damage it. If the tooth is fully knocked out, try and rinse it off with water and then place it back into the socket. If this doesn’t work, hold the tooth between your gum and cheek and head right into our office immediately so if we can save the tooth.
Don’t let a true dental emergency catch you off guard and, remember, you can rely on your emergency dental specialists at Hillis Family Dental in St. Peters, MO for the care you need.