General dental emergencies and first aid
Dental emergencies are quite common in both children and adults. They may include; Bleeding from the mouth due to an injury or blow to the face, cracked or broken teeth, mouth infections, and extreme pain. In the event of a dental emergency, it is extremely important to see a dentist or doctor immediately to prevent further injury and restore oral health.
Dental emergencies can take several forms
Abscesses/Infections – Abscesses and infections usually occur as a result of poor oral hygiene and gum disease. You may also be at higher risk if you have a chronic condition such as diabetes. Mouth infections can spread throughout the body if they are not treated promptly.
Mouth bleeding/serious injury – A punch to the mouth or a fall on the face can cause injury to the mouth and gums. If you notice bleeding from an injury to your mouth, it is important to provide basic first aid and seek immediate medical attention.
Cracked or Broken Tooth(s) – A broken tooth(s) can result from biting into hard or sweet foods, or from being hit in the mouth. If you have a broken tooth, it’s important to find the pieces and see a dentist so the tooth can be repaired.
Extremely loose teeth – Loose teeth can occur as a result of cavities, gum disease, or injuries to the mouth. In some cases, a dentist can repair and stabilize the tooth so it doesn’t need to be removed.
Broken teeth – One or more broken teeth is a dental emergency. This often happens as a result of a punch to the face or a blow to the jaw with a hard object. If you keep your teeth broken and go to the dentist quickly, your teeth may be able to be replanted.
Severe Toothache – Severe toothache can occur due to cavities, loss of fillings, or gum disease and inflammation. You should see a dentist as soon as possible to determine the cause of the pain.
Biting your tongue or mouth – If you constantly bite your tongue or mouth, you may have a biting problem that can be resolved with immediate dental care to realign your teeth. If you notice that the sores do not heal or are painful in an unusual way, you may need emergency dental care.
First aid for dental emergencies
First aid for dental emergencies often includes relieving pain and swelling, as well as locating chipped or broken teeth so they can be put back in the mouth. Many dentists also recommend putting together a dental first aid kit, similar to the general first aid kits you might keep at home and in the car.
compresses for cold and pain
For mouth sores, swelling, and toothaches, placing a cool, wet washcloth or ice pack to one side of the face may help. Also, you can take a pain reliever like Tylenol or use an oral anesthetic to reduce pain while you go to the emergency dentist’s office.
If possible, look for knocked out teeth/chips
Try to find the broken pieces or teeth and save them for reimplantation or fixation. When the teeth are completely fallen out, it is extremely important NOT to touch the root. If possible, clean the tooth and place it back in the socket. Biting down on a piece of clean, sterile gauze can help hold the tooth in place. If you have a Save-a-Tooth or something similar in your dental first aid kit, you can also place the tooth in this container to store until you get to the dentist.
Mouth sores, mouth infections, abscesses, and toothaches may benefit from a warm salt water rinse, which can help relieve pain and clear up infection. However, you still need to make an emergency appointment with your dentist.
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