How to Deal With Common Dental Emergencies
Created on May 15, 2013
Dental emergencies could happen anytime and the best way to reduce damage as much as possible is to prepare for it. Here at our Massachusetts dental practice, we know how it could be quite a surprise to suddenly chip a tooth or have a bad toothache out of nowhere. Read on below for more information on how to be prepared the next time there’s a dental emergency.
Broken Tooth – Rinse your mouth with a warm water solution to clean the area. A cold compress would be very helpful in reducing swelling.
Cracked Tooth – A cracked tooth occurs when you suddenly feel sharp pain upon biting down and you end up avoiding certain foods which trigger pain or just chew on one side of your mouth. While a cracked tooth could be influenced by a variety of factors, it is best to continuously chew on your comfortable side and immediately see Dr. Peck. You might want to avoid temperature extremes too.
Knocked Out Tooth – When a tooth is completely knocked out of your mouth, consider picking the tooth by the crown only and do not ever touch the root. You may soak it in saliva, milk or salt solution. If possible, call or see Dr. Peck within an hour.
Toothache – While painkillers would help relieve the pain, it is very important that you see Dr. Peck right away to figure out its root cause. Do not ever put aspirin or any painkiller directly as this may cause gum problems.
Dental emergencies are less likely to happen if you regularly see your dentist. If you live around the Springfield or Boston, Massachusetts area, schedule an initial consultation with us! Call us at (413) 241-3264 or fill out this contact form. Dr. David Peck is known for results. Have you ever dreamed of a great smile? If so, trust the experience, talent and compassion of general and cosmetic dentist Dr. Peck to make your dream into a reality!