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The last thing you want to experience during the holiday season is visit to the emergency dentist. However, we have no control over when these sorts of issues happen. A tipsy fall or even snacking on some peanuts could cause your tooth to dislodge or crack in a freak accident. Or, maybe you’re just overcome with pain in your mouth and you don’t know what it could be? These are just some of the scenarios that could result in you needing an emergency dentist over the holiday period. With that in mind, continue reading to find out everything you need to know about dealing with the unexpected this festive period.
Common types of injuries that require an emergency dentist
There are a lot of different types of dental injuries that can demand emergency treatment. There are also some injuries that can wait until your dentist’s normal working hours. However, distinguishing between the two is not always easy. Some examples of injuries that require immediate dental attention include when your tooth has been knocked out completely, your tooth has nerve damage, or there is a big piece of your tooth that is missing. Of course, if the pain you are experiencing is unbearable or you have a worrying amount of blood coming from your mouth, these are also signs that you need to see an emergency dentist.
What to do if your tooth has been knocked out
Of course, it is not always possible to see a dentist a few minutes once your tooth has been knocked out. You will have to get to the dental clinic, and then you will need to wait to be seen by a dentist. Because of this, you need to know what to do while you are waiting. You should try to handle your tooth as little as possible if it has been knocked out. Try to see if you can put the tooth back into the socket. Biting on a wet tea bag or a moistened gauze can be a great help. However, you do need to be very careful to make sure that you do not end up swallowing the tooth.
If you are not able to get the tooth to stay in the socket for the journey to the emergency room or your local Summit Dental Center dentist, then you should rinse the tooth so that you can get rid of any dirt that is visible. You should then place the tooth in a container of your saliva or milk until you are able to see a professional. If there is any bleeding that is coming from the tooth socket, apply a wet and cold compress to assist with this.
When the issue is not as clear-cut as a knocked-out tooth
Of course, a knocked-out tooth is just one situation that can require an emergency dentist. While a knocked-out tooth can be very upsetting and stressful, it is typically easier to deal with prior to seeing a dentist because the tooth will have fully left your socket. However, in some cases, the issue is nothing like this. An abscessed tooth can be a prime example of this, and it can cause an awful lot of pain. The best thing to do here is to simply get in touch with your dentist as quickly as possible. At Summit Dental Center we purposely leave a few slots open per day for dental emergencies. Therefore, it is always worth trying to get in touch with your Summit Dental Center dentist before you head to the emergency room.
Some further pieces of advice for common dental emergencies
Finally, we’re going to provide you with some quick tips on other common dental emergencies and what you should do if you experience one of them.
- If you have an object that is stuck in your mouth, you should use floss to try and remove it gently. However, do not use a pointed or sharp instrument to remove it, and do not use excessive force.
- If you have a bad toothache, use warm water to rinse your mouth and clean it out. Look and see if you have any food caught in your teeth. If you do, use floss to remove it. One thing that you should not do is put aspirin on the tooth that is causing the pain or the gum tissues.
- If you have a cracked tooth, you are advised to use warm water to clean the area right away. Rinse your mouth out with it. You should then put a cold compress on your face to help with any swelling.
- If you bite your lip or tongue, use water to gently clean the area. You should also apply a cold compress.
So there you have it: everything that you need to know when it comes to dealing with emergency dental requirements over the festive period. If you suffer any sort of dental emergency during the holiday period, or any other time in the year, call Summit Dental Center for a same-day appointment!
Wishing you a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season!