Today you have plans to head out to the floating greens to challenge yourself to a few rounds of golf, but before you can leave your house, you’re confronted by a sharp pain that radiates throughout your jaw. It appears that you have a serious – what should you do? As you continue reading, your emergency dentist in Coeur d’ Alene weighs in with information on how to respond to this situation and other common forms of dental trauma.
For Any Dental Emergency, Do This
Before we explore what to do for specific dental emergencies, let’s look at two common steps that should be taken:
- Take a deep breath and assess the situation.
- Contact your emergency dentist to inform the staff member of what’s going on.
How to Respond to a Toothache
A toothache can be caused by such problems as a broken tooth, an object stuck between your teeth or acute bacteria growth. The pain can vary from moderate to very intense.
Here are some steps to can take to stabilize the situation:
- Rinse with salt-water to keep any bacteria at bay.
- If the pain is related to an object lodged between your teeth, attempt to remove it.
- For pain relief, you can take up to 600 mg of ibuprofen.
For a Knocked-Out Tooth, Do This
If your tooth is knocked-out, you have a small window to operate within to have the digit successfully re-inserted, so immediately contact your emergency dentist. Meanwhile, carefully grabbing the tooth by the crown, place it in its rightful place. If that isn’t possible, then store the tooth in a container full of salt-water or milk to keep the roots alive.
Handling Soft Tissue Lacerations
If your soft tissues have been cut or punctured, first check for any object lodged in the area, attempt to remove it, and then, gently bite down on a cotton gauze to stop the bleeding. If the blood loss persists for longer than 10 minutes, you should immediately head to your local emergency room.
How to Respond to a Broken Tooth
Finally, for a broken tooth, you can do the following for temporary relief:
- Rinse your mouth with warm water.
- Bite down on a cotton gauze to stop any bleeding.
- Take ibuprofen for pain relief.
By keeping these steps in mind, you can stabilize the situation when you have a dental emergency while waiting to get the expert help you need from your local dentist. Soon, you’ll be back to performing all your normal activities and enjoying life!
About the Author
Dr. Filip E. Orban is an award-winning dentist who graduated from the prestigious Loma Linda University School of Dentistry. He has been awarded as Best Dentist in 2013 and 2014 and has also been listed as one of “America’s Top Dentists” in 2016 and 2018. As part of the comprehensive care he offers, Dr. Orban helps patients recover quickly from dental emergencies at Orban Family Dental. He can be reached for more information through his website.