Emergencies can happen anywhere and at any time. That’s why they’re called emergencies, right? Even if you are the most careful person in the world, accidents happen. The unfortunate truth of the matter is you can’t control everything around you.
A stray Frisbee may fly out out of nowhere and whack you in the mouth. An overzealous nephew could lose the grip on his badminton racquet at the family reunion. Or maybe your favorite great-aunt accidentally let a few shells slip into the batter of her famous banana nut bread. One minute, everything is great, your loving life. The next, you’re smack in the middle of a dental emergency.
The best thing you can do in case of an is stay calm. Although you can’t predict when a dental emergency will happen, you can be prepared for when it does. Having a dental emergency kit ready and on hand will help you minimize the damage inflicted by the dental emergency before you get to our office in Fairhope, AL.
When something happens to you to cause a dental emergency, call or get to Fairhope Cosmetic Dentistry right away. In many cases we can save or repair a damaged tooth, but that depends on how you react to the emergency. Here are some things to consider when experiencing some unexpected dental trauma.
Types of Emergencies
Chipped or broken tooth – Even though your tooth enamel is the strongest substance in your body, it unfortunately breaks fairly easily. It doesn’t take that hard of a knock to chip a piece of enamel or fracture your tooth. When this happens you want to remain calm and try not to touch your injured tooth. If you can find the broken piece of tooth, pick it up with a pair of tweezers and call our office immediately.
A chipped tooth, depending on how big the chip is, is usually just a cosmetic issue and not much of a threat to your oral health. A fractured tooth, however, can cause some problems. If the crack in your tooth is deep enough, it can let bacteria into the inside your tooth, where it can cause a serious infection. The problem is the symptoms of a fractured tooth don’t always show up immediately. You could have a nasty crack in your tooth and not even know it. So, if you injure your mouth in any way, it is a good idea to come in Fairhope Cosmetic Dentistry for an examination as soon as possible.
Knocked-out tooth – If you take a hard enough knock, you could lose a tooth. A knocked-out tooth is a pretty traumatic and often painful event, but it is extremely important that you do not panic. If you remain calm and act quickly, there is a good chance we can replace your knocked-out tooth.
Find your missing tooth as quickly as possible. Be sure it handle it very carefully, holding only by the crown, and using tweezers. You may gently rinse dirt and debris off of your tooth, but don’t try to pull off any pieces of tissue. If you can easily fit the tooth back in its socket, do so, but don’t force it. Otherwise, simply place it in a small container and cover it with milk. Then get to our office right away.
A sudden and severe toothache – If you are stricken with an excruciating toothache with no obvious cause, call our office immediately. A toothache of this nature could be the result of a fractured tooth that went unnoticed, or an infection that developed as a result of tooth decay. Infections can be a serious threat to your health, so do not ignore tooth pain, especially if it is accompanied by a fever.
In the short term, you can treat the toothache by taking some fast acting pain relievers, like Tylenol or Motrin. You you can also wash your mouth by swishing warm saltwater. Even if the pain goes away, you must follow up with a visit to our office. Just because the pain is gone doesn’t mean the problem is.
Keep A Dental Emergency Kit
Being prepared is the most important thing you can do to protect yourself from dental emergencies, so be sure to compile some supplies to make a Dental Emergency Kit. Here are some things you should include in your kit:
A small container
A card with Fairhope Cosmetic Dentistry’s phone number: (251) 210-7142
Contact us today the schedule an appointment.