Treatment for Dental Emergencies
A dental emergency can be a suddenly stressful and traumatic experience. If you find yourself in a situation that caused a broken tooth, swelling in the mouth, or another type of dental emergency, remember to stay calm and seek professional help as soon as possible.
Even before you can seen a dentist, treatment for your dental emergency can start immediately. Here are some steps to keep in mind before arriving at your dentist’s office:
- If you are bleeding: Go to the nearest hospital as soon as possible if you have excessive bleeding, suspect you have a broken jaw, or any other major damage to your mouth. Try to locate the bleeding and apply pressure as you seek help.
- If your tooth fell out: Keep the damaged area of the mouth clean and free of debris by rinsing with warm water. Also, put the tooth in milk, saline, or keep it in your mouth if possible. This will help to preserve the tooth until you can see your dentist.
- If you have swelling: Apply a cold compress to the area to control the swelling and try not to move your jaw, if possible.
In all cases of dental emergencies, one of our skilled dentists will examine your teeth and gums to determine the extent of the damage. The dentist will also ask you questions about the incident and request information about your medical history to determine the best treatment for your situation.