You’re out to dinner with friends and suddenly an excruciating toothache erupts. To suffer from the sudden onset of pain, or the embarrassment that comes from the loss of one of your front teeth, after hours, can be hard, uncomfortable and so inconvenient. No one knows dental emergencies more than Midtown Dentistry. Why? Because we treat patients who have experienced this type of misfortune all the time.
Tooth challengers are overwhelming, but, add to this the fear of not knowing how soon or where you’ll receive treatment can make a bad situation a traumatic one.
Dental emergencies happen for a variety of reasons, some of which are:
- Loss of tooth
- Intense pain
- Puncture wound
- Lost filling
Being prepared for a dental emergency can make all the difference. Many people choose to have some type of dental preparation kit ready that includes such items as:
- Dentist’s phone number
- Sterile gauze
- Dental floss
- Tylenol (never use aspirin because it is an anticoagulant that can cause excessive bleeding.)
Seeking immediate attention for your dental emergency is vital. If treated quickly, a dangerous infection can be stopped, a lost tooth can be saved, or unbearable pain can be brought under control.
While waiting for your emergency dental visit, important measures can be taken to help deal with the issue:
Toothache – clean around the tooth, rinse with warm water, floss gently to remove any trapped food. Use Tylenol, if needed.
Loss of a tooth – find the tooth, and then touch only the top portion of the tooth (the crown) because the lower, root portion is susceptible to germs and bacteria. If possible, try to position the tooth back into the socket, then bite down gently hold the tooth in place. If this is not possible, put the tooth in some milk until it can be brought to your dentist.
Infection or abscess – a discharge might be present or a large amount of swelling. Sometimes, a cool ice pack, on the affected area, can offer relief.
Bleeding from the mouth – a little bit of blood while you floss might not be a problem, but if blood is present in your saliva, this could be a sign of cancer or gum disease. Either way, a dentist should be contacted to resolve this issue.
Laceration – using sterile gauze, apply pressure to the bleeding area.
Lost filling – sugarless gum is a great way to seal up a lost filling until a dentist can be found.
If you do not have dental insurance, options are still available to help you get through your emergency, including:
- looking for a local dental school
- applying for a health card
- checking with the dental office to see if payments can be made
At Midtown Dentistry, we understand that emergencies do happen. We are here to help when you need us. If you find yourself in an emergency situation, have no fear, call Midtown Dentistry today at (918) 743-8539.