It can be quite a jolt to discover that you have some form of dental trauma on your hands. One way to prevent being overwhelmed by any situation is to know how to handle common dental emergencies. To help out, we’ve listed some of the more common types of dental trauma with instructions on how to safely and effectively handle them until you can visit our Plano office for treatment from Dr. Montgomery.
If small pieces of food or other debris become lodged between your teeth, they can trigger a pain sensation. This can also cause damage to your gums. The first step you can take for relief is to carefully floss around the affected area. It can also be helpful to rinse your mouth with warm water, as it can loosen the object and quiet any gum sensitivity. If you’re unsuccessful, just give us a call, and one of our helpful staff members will schedule a visit with your emergency dentist in Lebanon so that you can have the problem addressed.
An extruded tooth is one that hasn’t been completely knocked-out. However, it has been displaced from its socket. This is a time-sensitive matter that requires emergency attention. To calm the pain, you can take ibuprofen (Advil/Motrin) and apply a cold compress to the outside of your mouth over the pain site. You can also attempt to gently push the tooth back into place, but if there is any resistance, you shouldn’t force it. Until you can visit our office, we recommend you avoid any activity on that side of your mouth.
When an abscess forms, it’s your body’s way of stopping an infection from progressing. It normally forms near a tooth’s root or in the space between your teeth and can cause a noticeably painful sensation throughout your mouth. This is a warning of the danger that it can cause to your gum tissue and surrounding teeth. If it’s not addressed soon enough, an abscess can also lead to tooth loss and infection in other parts of your body. At the first sight of such signs as persistent toothache, fever, swelling in the face or cheek or swollen lymph nodes under the jaw, you should immediately reach out to us to request a visit.
A blow to the face or a misplaced bite can lead to a soft-tissue injury to your tongue, cheeks, gums or lips, which can cause bleeding. Your first response should be to rinse your mouth with salt-water. Then, hold a piece of gum over the injured site for about 15 to 20 minutes. You can then follow-up by applying a cold compress for five to 10 minutes. If the bleeding persists for more than 10 minutes, then you should head to your local emergency room.