How to Handle a Dental Emergency
No one wants to think about biting into something hard and instantly feeling severe pain. But this scenario and others like it do happen, and it’s best to be prepared. Falls, car accidents, infections, and other situations may warrant emergency dentistry in Perry Township.
When to Call Your Emergency Dentist
While minor pain can usually wait until the next available appointment, it’s always best to call your dentist in the following situations:
- Trauma to your mouth (If you think you’ve broken your jaw, a visit to the emergency room is in order.)
- Significant swelling in your mouth
- Considerable bleeding
- Pain that is not decreased by over-the-counter medications
Before Your Emergency Dental Visit
Most dentists have room in their schedules for emergencies. After you call your dentist, it’s important to do what you can to take care of yourself. This will help you have a successful outcome.
- Knocked-out permanent tooth. Carefully place the tooth in milk or between your gums and cheek. If possible, put the tooth in its socket without touching the roots. The most important thing is to keep the tooth moist.
- Cracked/broken tooth. To remove any debris and bacteria, rinse your mouth thoroughly. Apply ice to your jaw area where the injury occurred to reduce pain and swelling. Be sure to avoid eating on the tooth until your dentist can look at the tooth.
- Swelling. Apply ice to your jaw and mouth area.
- Bleeding. Apply gentle pressure to the area to the tooth or gum area without causing more pain.
- Pain. If over-the-counter medications don’t help, avoid eating or chewing on the affected area and apply ice to help numb the area.
These are just temporary actions you can take until you can access emergency dentistry in Perry Township. If you have a dental emergency, we’re here to help. Call Shank Dentistry at (317) 788-4239 to schedule a dental appointment soon!