Dental emergencies can just as easily happen in your mouth as they can any other part of your body. When something happens you want to acting fast yet stay calm. You should call us as soon as possible so we can give you advice or schedule an appointment to help resolve the issue. If you’re in a situation where you can’t readily contact us, there are a few common dental items you can keep on hand that can help.
Waxed dental floss is a great tool to keep readily on hand. It can slide between your teeth and gums to help remove a stuck object.
If one of your teeth is knocked out, keeping it moist will improve the chances that the dentist can implant it back in your gums. You can hold it between your cheek and gums or use a tooth preservation product. These are usually a small container filled with a nourishing gel that is designed to help keep the tooth alive for a short amount of time. You simply unscrew the cap, place the tooth in the gel and seal it again.
Salt packets and a small plastic cup are a convenient way to prepare a salt water rinse to help clean your mouth of blood and debris. Salt water is generally preferable to antiseptic mouth wash which is likely to irritate injured tissues.
A cold compress held lightly to your cheek can help numb the area while reducing swelling. A cold compress can quickly be made from a zip-top bag filled with a few pieces of ice. You can then wrap the bag in a wash cloth or tea towel.
If you have a dental emergency, calling us immediately at 843-884-1215 will greatly increase your chances to manage the problem successfully.