What to do in a Dental Emergency
Toothaches can be caused by many different dental problems (untreated cavities, periodontal disease, etc.). If you are experiencing a painful toothache, the first thing you should do is thoroughly rinse your mouth out with warm water and gently floss around the tooth that aches to ensure that a food particle isn’t causing the pain.
You can take an oral medication, such as aspirin, to limit the pain, or use a topical medication like Orajel. Never put an oral medication like Aspirin directly onto the gums because it can burn the gum tissue. If your symptoms persist, contact your dentist.
Broken or Chipped Teeth
If you experience a broken or chipped tooth, you should contact your dentist immediately to find out if you can schedule an emergency appointment. In the meantime, you can rinse your mouth with warm water and apply a cold compress to minimize swelling. If you have the chipped tooth fragment, bring it with you to the dentist.
Knocked Out Tooth
If a tooth has been knocked out, the first step is to recover the tooth and gently rinse it without removing any of the attached tissue. If at all possible, try to put the tooth back into the socket. If you can’t, place it in a container filled with milk, saliva, or water and call your dentist for an emergency appointment. The faster you can get to the dentist, the better your chances of saving the tooth.
If you think you or a loved one has a broken jaw, apply a cold compress immediately and call 911 so you get to the emergency room immediately.